Denver Police: Copper thieves hit 2 homes, business

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Copper Theft. Courtesy: MGNOnline.com

Copper Theft. Courtesy: MGNOnline.com

DENVER — Police warn that theft of copper is an ongoing problem in Denver.

A post on the Denver Police Department Facebook page says two residences and a business were hit by copper thieves this week.

One target was a vacant home and the business had a large amount of copper tubing stolen.

Denver Police want people to be aware of the problem and the department offers some tips to keep from becoming a victim of copper theft.

— Spray paint copper tubing with fluorescent orange or green paint
— Mark copper tubing with a property address or use microdot technology
— Use lighting and/or motion sensors around air conditioning units
— Protect air conditioning units with a locked cage
— Use security cameras

Copper is valuable because it’s used for so many items—from fiber optics to plumbing to almost anything electrical. And at about $3 per pound, copper’s price as scrap remains attractive for thieves.

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