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Old 05-20-2012, 04:51 AM
Location: Tennessee
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While this latest story is about theft in Cookeville, this post is not just about Cookeville so please don't move it to the Cookeville sub-forum.

"More residents are coming home to find their homes burglarized. A Blake Circle resident called police after returning home after being away from the residence for two days to discover he was a victim of a burglar."

That person had 3 guns, a laptop and golf clubs stolen. In another incident 30 pounds of copper pipes were stolen from under a home. In another incident it was $500 in cash and a laptop.

If you look below the article you'll see there were stories:

Thousands of dollars in pipe stolen
Copper stolen at construction site
Thieves seek scrap metal
Burglars break into church on Highway 111
Thieves breaking into cars everywhere

Herald Citizen - Thieves taking guns copper pipe from homes

Then there is this in Chattanooga:

"Chattanooga police are teaming up with lawmakers to crack down on scrap metal thefts. The law in Tennessee has been amended, with the help of the Chattanooga Police Department, to help stop scrap metal thieves. Officials are focusing on the theft of vehicles with Representative Vince Dean. Though the amendment is a big step, officials say the fight is not over. Next on the list, is making it mandatory for a title to be shown for every car sold for scrap."

Police, elected officials team up against scrap metal thieves - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

I did not know metal theft was on the rise again. Have you been hearing about it where you live? I read in another article (South Carolina) that cemeteries were targeted by thieves. I always wondered how the law could work in TN if neighboring states didn't have one. You know, steal something in Tennessee, take it to another state to sell it. Georgia, for example, is just getting around to passing a metal theft law (effective July 1) but batteries are exempt from the "not allowed to be paid in cash" law so police are saying watch for a rise in car battery thefts and are telling people to mark their car batteries.

New metal theft law expected to reduce illegal sales in Georgia | The Augusta Chronicle

Only 28 states have metal theft laws. One insurance company is telling businesses and individual property owners to make sure their theft insurance covers metal theft.

So, three things:

1. Should the country have a single metal theft law so no one benefits by stealing in one state and selling in another?
2. Is it the economy or is it drugs or something else that is making this theft happen? The insurance company says it's the economy but other articles I've read say it's drugs.
3. Is metal theft crime up again in your area of Tennessee?
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:09 PM
Location: The Conterminous United States
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Worst states for metal theft are
1) Ohio (2,398)
2) Texas (2,023)
3) Georgia (1,481)
4) California (1,348)
5) Illinois (1,284)

The actual report can be downloaded from here.


I've never heard of a metal exclusion and I'm a licensed insurance agent in 46 states. I guess an insurance company could do it but that seems unusual and certainly unfortunate.

Personally, I think it's a direct result of drugs and has nothing to do with the economy. This has been going on for awhile and the report says that the thefts are actually easing up a bit. That may be due to tougher reporting laws.
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