I just had a storage shed at my home broken into. All my many years' collection
of heliax, coax, wire for radials, etc. was stolen - probably about $1000
worth. They left my nice expensive mountain bike, tools, etc. - they just
wanted the copper. Too bad the metal recycler places don't seem to ask anyone
for ID, they just want the copper, too.
>From: "Rob Atkinson, K5UJ" <email@example.com>
>Sent: Sep 6, 2006 9:24 AM
>Subject: [TowerTalk] WSJ: Home copper thefts rise
>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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