New Law Will Help Eliminate Copper Theft
September 17th, 2012
By Heather Vaughan
Sanford, N.C. -A new state law designed to reduce copper theft will take effect on Oct. 1, 2012. A key provision of the measure is that it will prohibit metal recyclers from handing out cash for copper brought to them. Central EMC believes this is critical to reducing copper theft because thieves often quickly sell stolen copper for profit.
Among other provisions, the new law requires recyclers to take photographs of sellers with the metals they are selling and record information about the make, model, year, color and license plate number of the vehicle used to deliver the metals.
Copper theft is a serious problem in the electric utility industry and in our community. It jeopardizes public safety, potentially causing serious injury or death. It’s also costly, resulting in thousands of dollars in repair. Central Electric believes this new law will help keep the public and our employees’ safe, as well as save our members’ money. Plus we look forward to working with law enforcement to apprehend and prosecute the thieves.
Central EMC feels this new measure will help eliminate copper theft, but we still need your help. Stay on the lookout for suspicious activity around our facilities, including substations, poles and transformers. Call 911 if you see any suspicious activity.
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