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(WTKR)   Cold-hearted copper thieves steal all of the heaters from free health clinic, which can't afford to replace them. And you thought your doctor's hands were cold   ( divider line
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2013-02-02 04:14:54 PM  
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One of our offices in TX was shut down a week or two ago by copper thieves. The wire was running underground, so they cut it by the office and cut it down the street where it entered the ground, then apparently pulled it out of the ground with a pickup truck and made their escape. When they cut it at the end down the street it was still live and caused all sorts of fire damage, apparently. Shut the operations of not just our office, but the other businesses in that business park too.

So much damage and cost for so many people, just so the thieves could sell it for such a comparatively small payoff.
2013-02-02 03:58:51 PM  
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If the metal recyclers didn't buy this copper, there would be no market for these stolen materials.

Just saying/
2013-02-03 11:42:36 AM  
1 vote:
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Just stick a couple of these in there. They'll be opening the windows to cool off within the half hour.

/ but be careful... CO risk!!
2013-02-02 04:29:14 PM  
1 vote:

Buffet: Heaters? Copper?? I Can't think of any heaters that use copper? I smell insurance scam!

See my post above.

happyhshoe: If the metal recyclers didn't buy this copper, there would be no market for these stolen materials.

Just saying/

What do you suggest to combat this? Forbid the practice of scrap metal recycling? The world would run out of metal fairly quickly. Sure, there are scrap dealers who know damn well that some of what's coming in is stolen. And those need to be figured out and dealt with. Here in Columbus, there's several measures being taken to combat metal theft. First, Scrap dealers have to check IDs of anyone selling scrap, and log their name, address, and phone number as well as description (usually they scan the ID into a computer) They then assign a number and tag whatever the individual brought in so they can trace who sold what. Police do spot checks of the scrap dealers to verify that this is being done, and to look for anything that was reported stolen. Second, they set up stings. One thing they did was take some unclaimed, broken- down cars that were to be junked from the impound lot, put GPS trackers in them, and place them on the side of the road in various parts of town. ALL of them ended up at one particular scrap facility that was known for accepting cars without titles (a BIG no- no) The owner was fined and shut down for a while. Stuff that was stolen from where I work (I'm the equipment mechanic and tech guy at an automotive salvage yard) has ended up at that particular scrap dealer, too. Once, my boss went down there to identify a car that had been taken from outside our gate, and saw a giant cart full of City of Columbus manhole covers. The owner got fined, and the facility's license was revoked. It has since been sold and has reopened with new owners, and so far, there haven't been any huge problems.
2013-02-02 04:14:48 PM  
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Fark Rye For Many Whores: BarkingUnicorn: Why are the heaters outside?  Are they burning coal or something?

Portable ones that'd been wheeled outside maybe.

Heat pumps. They're air conditioners that also work in reverse to pull energy from the outside air and pump it to the inside, as opposed to what A/C does, which takes energy from the inside air and pumps it outside. Anyhow, the outside unit has a giant copper coil inside. And most commercial buildings are heated and cooled with them.
2013-02-02 04:11:14 PM  
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BumpInTheNight: "What we really need to do is enclose the new equipment when we get it into fencing cages with locks and security cameras," she says.  The price tag for future protection is $10,000.

If you think it'll cost that much to secure some equipment ...well I can see why you've got no profits lady.

You sound like someone that's never had commercial HVAC equipment stolen and paid for enclosures around the replacements.
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