It seems that the theft of copper from brand new homes is increasing dramatically because it is so easy to access and a thief is unlikely to be confronted when stealing from an almost finished, unoccupied home.
A new home has about 100 pounds of copper pipe and wire which gives it a scrap value of about $500.00. Replacing that copper can cost a home owner more than $10,000.00.
Some states like South Carolina require a permit in order to transport more than 25 lbs. of copper and others require that scrap metal vendors keep detailed records of all copper sellers.
Both good ideas!
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