31 Aug '15, 3pm

How to Reduce Copper Theft and Incidents on Rail Lines via @METROmagTweet

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. In May, the pilfering of 500 feet of copper wire from a subway line in New York City left hundreds of travelers stranded and demonstrated the operational and financial impacts of this type of crime. And it’s not the only incident. There have been instances of copper theft on the Seattle Sound Transit, Long Island Railroad , and San Francisco’s BART System. In fact, the National Insurance Crime Bureau saw 33,775 insurance claims for metal thefts from 2010 to 2012, and 96% of those were for copper alone. While the price tag of stolen copper can be substantial, th...

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