Due to the COVID-19 virus we currently have more people out of work and as people get more desperate, the risk of copper theft from building sites or unoccupied homes and business could increase. Copper theft can happen anywhere and it’s something that tends to increase in times of higher unemployment.
On the Rail Express website there is a report of a recent copper theft on the North East Rail Line near Wallan North of Melbourne on Saturday 29th February 2020 where more than 2.4kms of copper signalling wire was stolen by thieves. This caused major delays to the rail services and police are asking members of the community who have any knowledge or witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit the Crime Stoppers Victoria website.
This report also mentions that between July 2017 to July 2019 there were 231 incidents of copper line wire theft along the rail corridor between Craigieburn in Victoria and Sydney which resulted in hard costs of around $600,000 in rectification.
At the time of writing this article the scrap metal price of Copper is around $4.00 to $6.00 per kilo so steeling a large amount of copper could be quite lucrative and that’s why some thieves even strip the copper wiring and copper pipes right out of the walls of homes causing massive damage and huge cost.
If you’ve had copper theft in your area or you have a building site or worksite that may be vulnerable due its location our iAlarm Video Surveillance system may be the most cost-effective way to avoid this kind of theft. iAlarm is a revolutionary security system that provides 24-hour CCTV surveillance of your property. It is technically superior to traditional Alarms with faster response times, notifying police of the presence of an intruder quickly.
When an iAlarm notification is made, it records a short video clip that is sent to the central station to then be reviewed by you or your security guard on a cell phone, laptop or home computer system. And by having a video record of an incident means you have evidence for further investigation to help catch the culprits and stop future thefts.
iAlarm Video Surveillance gives you the ability to monitor and protect valuables anywhere there’s a cell phone signal and is the perfect Copper Theft Prevention System. Contact us or give us a call on 0417 384 787 and we can discuss your individual security system requirements.