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    Theft of Copper

    This is a discussion on Theft of Copper within the Everyday Life forums, part of the Community channel category; Our copper went twice in the space of a month, no broadband and no phone line for over 2 weeks. ...

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      Re: Theft of Copper

      Our copper went twice in the space of a month, no broadband and no phone line for over 2 weeks.

      All the grates at side of the roads for the drains regulaly go missing as well.
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      Re: Theft of Copper

      We see our copper more often since the riots....
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      Re: Theft of Copper

      An old favourite site of mine, The Darwin Awards, has several on many occasions credited the death of some members to the theft of metal. It's current front page has a lead story of someone in the Leeds area who took some bolt-cutters to a thick electrical cable.

      Within the story are links to 6 other similar stories.

      Still that's what the Darwin Awards are for: Showing that there are some people who can't learn by the mistakes of others and decide to remove themselves from the gene pool.

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      3 July 2011 | Leeds, UK. Keep away from copper, thief! Even a 10-year-old knows that taking bolt-cutters to a thick elecrical cable will kill you. How, many, thieves, have, to die, to prove that you shouldn't steal copper wire? Besides the risk, it's not right to cause thousands of dollars worth of damage, for hundreds of dollars in profit. HEY YOU IMMORAL IDIOTS, It makes bad environmental sense to destroy more than you recoup. Angry lecture!
      Knowing that species evolve, why are we so dumb? Like Darwin's Finches, humans are filling the 'new islands' (evolutionary niches) created by our civilization, and our mutations are being tuned by each self-limiting step we take.

      Which brings me to a Leeds teenager, who at 16 became a deceased Darwin Award winner by making one such self-limiting step. Copper theft is a killer, and a nuisance. CE Electric UK has dealt with 279 incidents in the last year in West Yorkshire. They plead, "We are pleading with thieves to think about the consequences and how much they are risking for such a small return. DANGER OF DEATH signs are posted for a reason!"

      Stealing copper? Fast track train to Charles Darwin's heavenly estate. "Welcome home, Leeds teen. You were old enough to know better!"

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      Re: Theft of Copper

      Not too far away from here thieves nicked the entire telephone cabling for an entire village, the cable run through some underground conduit for a mile or so in length and they cut it at both ends and pulled the whole lot out, thousands of lines were down.

      And it's the second time it's happened too.

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      Re: Theft of Copper

      Thankfully some of these fools are killed when they get things wrong.

      On a lighter note there is a campaign to make it harder to resell the Copper:

      BBC News - Campaign to crack down on railway copper theft

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      Re: Theft of Copper

      There have been features about this on the TV recently in one case this guy walked into a scrap metal dealers with a secret camera filming the whole thing, gave a ridiculous and obviously false name and address, and the dealer happily took what was obviously stolen metal for cash in hand with no further questions asked.

      Until this kind of thing is prevented it's just going to keep on happening.

     

     
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