Copper Theft Down -- For Now
The drop in copper's value may not be the only thing decreasing the amount of copper theft in North Central Florida.
Recent changes in state law require anyone selling the metal for recycling to show identification.
A string of burglaries at Clay Electric Company this summer forced employees to take more precaution and lock things up. In early September, a hole big enough for a person to come through was cut in the building's fence with bolt cutters, and the window was broken into.
"The damage far and away outweighs the price that they're gonna get for the copper, many times doing thousands of dollars worth of damage as opposed to getting five or ten dollars out of copper," said Art Forgey, spokesperson for Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
Forgey said copper theft was at a high over the summer, but now, it's headed for a low.
"Anytime it has a value and it's readily available, it's gonna be the target of thieves," he said.
Right now, copper is valued at about $1.40 per pound, which is less than half it's price during the summer months.