Topic : copper wire theft

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How to Reduce Copper Theft and Incidents on Rail Lines

| August 19, 2015

The cost of copper was around $2.50 a pound in mid-June. While that might not sound like a lot of money, when you have hundreds of feet of copper wire, you’re talking about thousands of dollars or more. Transit systems, which utilize copper in wiring, are the latest target for thieves looking to make some easy cash.

Railway copper thefts rise with price of metal

Rail| June 3, 2015

Copper, which now hovers at $3 a pound on the scrap market compared to about 80 cents a decade ago, is essential to the running of commuter railways, carrying electrical power from substations to the live third rail.

Rail| May 27, 2015

N.Y. subway train suspension caused by massive theft of copper cable

At least 500 feet of the valuable cable was discovered stolen from roughly 12 locations along the A train tracks near Howard Beach, and some signal equipment and track components were damaged as well by electrical current that could not flow through the cable.

Management & Operations| April 7, 2015

[Video] Caltrans Takes Steps to Combat Copper Crooks

Copper wire theft is a crime that has cost Caltrans more than $7 million a year since the metal’s worth soared in 2008. In this Caltrans News Flash, Caltrans spokesperson Trisha Coder shows us how the Department is fighting back against these copper crooks.

Production credit: District 2 (Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity counties) and Headquarters (Sacramento) teams.


Rail| May 28, 2014

2 men convicted in Sound Transit copper wire thefts

The pair reportedly used bolt cutters to detach the copper wire, entering maintenance hatches in a tunnel that runs below the elevated stretch of the light rail between the SeaTac and Rainier Beach rail stops, from November 2010 through August 2011.
Management & Operations| April 23, 2014

Deer tracking cameras help catch N.Y. subway copper thieves

Since the police began using the trophy cameras in September, nine incidents of trespassing in the subways have been caught on camera, and two people have been arrested as a result, according to the report.

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