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Combat Copper Theft: How to Protect Your Investment

Posted by Rohit Narayan on Mar 27, 2018 8:03:00 AM

Copper is viewed as the global standard for electrical conductivity in the utility sector. It’s high current carrying capacity coupled with its resistance to scratches and breakage, and its resilience to corrosion makes it a universal metal for many applications.

As international construction booms and copper demand rises with it, we’re faced with a startling reality: copper theft costs U.S. businesses nearly $1 billion in losses annually.

There’s no sign of slowing in the global construction sector, and that means the threat of copper theft is greater than ever before. Read on to learn the issues surrounding copper theft and how to prevent it from happening to your business.

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Topics: Copper Theft

2 Products that Will Immediately Reduce Copper Theft Risk

Posted by Melissa Botti on Oct 31, 2017 8:01:00 AM

Copper theft is proving to be a global epidemic, costing the U.S. alone $1 billion in losses, according to a 2010 study by the U.S. Department of Energy. Furthermore, copper costs recently hit a one-year high, indicating that theft may be an ongoing issue.

Though, as the use of copper continues to expand, so does the threat of theft. Copper theft is an increasing problem globally due to a high cost return when taken to a scrapyard. Also, copper theft can be a simple task for thieves, as exposed wires and rods are easily accessible in public areas like subways, and can be easily cut.

The consequences of copper theft range from injury to electrocution to compromised electrical equipment. Copper theft is a growing epidemic across the world, and the number or reported incidents have tripled in the U.S. over the last five years. 

Engineers can rest assured that their copper-dependent systems are safeguarded when they turn to products that actively prevent theft. Check out the list below of two products that help safeguard lives and investments from the threat of copper theft.

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3 Ways the New Alliance of Telecommunications Industry Solutions Guidelines Deter Copper Theft

Posted by Rohit Narayan on Oct 17, 2017 8:06:00 AM

Copper has been the most widely used material in telecommunication wiring due to its conductivity , relatively low cost and reliability and corrosion resistance in a wide range of soils. Though, with copper theft on the rise, the industry is looking for alternatives to both deter thieves and lessen the risk of hazards like facility downtime or personnel injury.

The Alliance of Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) has released an updated guideline on copper alternatives. This new guideline, ATIS-0600037: Testing Guidelines for Copper Theft Deterrents in the Telecom Industry, provides information and recommendations on the use of alternative materials in both above and below grade grounding systems.

Read below to learn key recommendations from the new ATIS guideline to help deter copper thieves at your telecommunication facility.

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How to Prevent Railway Copper Theft: A Costly Epidemic

Posted by Guillaume Rey on Jul 25, 2017 8:03:00 AM

Copper is highly sought after due to its high market value and versatile applications. As a result, CNBC declared copper theft to be “an epidemic” in 2013. Copper theft again became a problem at the end of 2016 when copper prices rose by 20%.

From abandoned houses to new construction sites, many locations are hotspots for theft of copper wire, cable electronics and other products.

In addition to those sites, railways are particularly vulnerable to copper theft. From New York to San Francisco to Seattle, reports show thousands of pounds of railway copper have been stripped from rails in the middle of the night.

Read on to learn why railways are especially susceptible, what the true costs of stolen copper are, and how railway designers and engineers can prevent such costly problems.

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Topics: Copper Theft