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[TowerTalk] WSJ: Home copper thefts rise

Subject: [TowerTalk] WSJ: Home copper thefts rise
From: "Rob Atkinson, K5UJ" <>
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2006 16:24:53 +0000
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Today's Wall St. Jour. on p. D1 reports that the record high scrap copper price is causing a wave of copper thefts from homes across the U.S. Most of the thefts involve ravaging outdoor central air conditioners to get the tubing and compressor, which can fetch a nice amount of money for a few minutes of work. These thefts are taking place, not only at unoccupied homes but even when the homeowners are there. Homes with exposed crawl spaces holding copper water pipe are at risk. Theives are crawling under and hacking out the pipe when homeowners are away, even for just a few hours, doing thousands of dollars of damage to air conditioning and plumbing. homeowners are adivsed to put locked covers over their air conditioners and enclose crawl spaces. Hams: Keep an eye on your copper--strap, feedline, radials. other metals are reported as high scrap value as well such as steel and aluminum.

rob / k5uj

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