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Re: [TowerTalk] WSJ: Home copper thefts rise

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] WSJ: Home copper thefts rise
From: Alan NV8A <>
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006 05:15:24 -0400
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On 09/06/06 12:24 pm Rob Atkinson, K5UJ wrote:

> 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.

When I was growing up in G-Land it used to be lead from church roofs 
that was always getting stolen.

Alan NV8A

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