How to solve our wire theft problem

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I’m curious as to why so many commenters seem to get where the solution lies in this Sac Bee article about wire thieves wreaking darkness on Sacramento streetlights.

In response to the crime wave, the city has taken the unusual step of creating a Police Department task force dedicated solely to investigating metal theft. Since starting its work a few weeks ago, that team of officers has focused on investigating suspects with a history of metal thievery and identifying crime hot spots in the city where patrol officers are told to keep a careful watch. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office has also dedicated a prosecutor to metal- theft cases.

That’s great that actions are being taken to prevent or stop the theft, but doesn’t the real problem lie in the ability to easily recycle this stuff?

Am I over simplifying this? Missing the obvious? Let me know.

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6 Responses to How to solve our wire theft problem

  1. CoolDMZ says:

    Great point. Seems like the cops could make a dent by dropping some business cards at wherever it is you can take a bunch of clearly harvested copper wire and trade it in.

  2. Great idea, sure, but dropping off biz cards and solving the problem efficiently is not in the best interest of the Union. A “task force” is sure to require some added bureaucracy, and that is where their interests lie.

  3. wburg says:

    Maybe I’m missing something. How does dropping off business cards foil wire thieves?

  4. meredithgreene says:

    Because these are magic business cards… spawned on the planet Coppernia, rendering all business transactions within a five foot radius null and void.

  5. T Mc says:

    Interestingly, Sac PD has been on the case for three months and arrested several recyclers who weren’t following the rules. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/06/4395012/sacramento-police-sting-results.html

  6. RonTopofIt RonTopofIt says:

    Saw this today on kcra.com.

    The Sacramento Police Department created the Metal Theft Task Force in February to combat copper theft across the city.

    “It affects almost every single taxpayer in one form or another,” said Officer Ken Leonard, who added, this year, Sacramento has spent about $1.2 million replacing copper in streetlights across the city.

    Police said they will warn all 15 recycle centers in the city on what to look out for when it comes to stolen metal.