Copper thefts a common and costly crime

Peggy Lowe Feb 7, 2019
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The Missouri Department of Transportation spent almost $1 million last year on repairing street lights caused by thefts of copper wire. beerphotographer/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Copper thefts a common and costly crime

Peggy Lowe Feb 7, 2019
The Missouri Department of Transportation spent almost $1 million last year on repairing street lights caused by thefts of copper wire. beerphotographer/iStock/Getty Images Plus
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Copper is used in all kinds of transportation equipment: electric transformers, railroad signals and street lights. It’s accessible and it’s valuable — that’s why it’s targeted by thieves who see easy money in stealing it. Law enforcement, utilities and insurance companies are especially hard hit. The Missouri Department of Transportation spent almost $1 million last year on repairing street lights caused by thefts of copper wire, said Derek Olson, a MoDOT traffic engineer.

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