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The Best Way To Stop Copper Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 17, 2015 11:00:00 AM

How_To_Prevent_Copper_Theft.jpgIf you have any quantities of copper wire, copper pipes, or other components made of copper, on your construction site, or being held in your warehouse, you need a verified alarm system to protect those valuable assets.  Vacant buildings should also be protected as thieves can gain entry into these buildings and spend multiple days pulling wire & piping out of the walls, leading to repairs with huge costs.

Copper theft is a major issue across North America and any business that's using copper wire, or has equipment with copper components, is vulnerable to theft and has to be protected.  

The crux of the copper wire theft problem is that copper is relatively easy to steal and dispose of. The market demand for copper is high, and the scrap cost of copper has escalated considerably over the last 10 years.  

In Canada, Police Departments across the country are dedicating substantial Police resources to the sole purpose of investigating copper theft!  Even here in Surrey BC, the severity of the copper theft problem is being felt, so the Surrey RCMP have created a useful Web page dedicated to the metal and wire theft problem.  Here's a summary of their advice:

How Does Copper Theft Impact You?

• 9-1-1- service disruptions.

• Threats to infrastructure and public safety (hospitals, emergency response systems).

• Power outages – e.g. electricity, heating, street and traffic lights, highway advance warning signs.

• Communication systems such as phone, television and Internet service outages.

• Increases to service costs and added resource demands.


What to Look For If You Believe Copper Theft Is Happening? 

• Smell of burning rubber (indicates thieves burning insulation off stolen wire).

• People digging under roadways or underpasses for metal tubing.

• Covers removed off street light poles or junction boxes.

• Wires hanging out of covers or compartments.

• People transporting odd or large amounts of wire or metal.  

(Source: Surrey RCMP Copper / Metal / Wire Theft Webpage)


What's The Best Way To Stop Copper Theft?

To protect your construction site, manufacturing site, or your place of business and stop copper crime, we recommend using SonaVision - the top-rated verified security system from Sonitrol. 

SonaVision is a security system that uses verified video and audio detection technology and is monitored at Sonitrol’s central monitoring station. It’s a simple and cost effective way to deter and catch criminals in the act – because each alarm is verified by a security specialist and reported to the local Police as a crime in progress.

SonaVision can be employed to detect break-ins prior to the vandalism of tearing copper out of the walls.  Camera’s can be located to watch HVAC units so that thieves can be detected before they damage the heating and cooling units.  Remember, the cost to replace a damaged HVAC unit is greater than the value of the copper stolen. 

Copper Security Is Serious So Call Us

Contact us about SonaVision for your copper security requirements, for construction sites, locked compounds, warehouses, electrical supply stations, utilities, or any other business that you want to protect with an electronic verified security system that really works!Get A Free Evaluation  Of Your  Copper Theft Risk

About Sonitrol Western Canada:


We're so confident in our technology and responsive service, that no one else in the industry can match our guarantee.  Our unique verified audio and CCTV video business security solutions enable our operators to hear and see what is happening in your business before the criminals gain entry!!  We verify the actual source of the alarm, and we get the police to attend the scene immediately.  FOR A FREE SECURITY AUDIT, click here, or call 1-866-766-4876.

We are a security company with over 150 offices across North America. Sonitrol Western Canada services clients in:

Sonitrol Western Canada, with its Verified Electronic Security Systems, is committed to providing customers with the most comprehensive security protection.  Cooperation in the elimination of false alarms is not only beneficial to the system’s user, but results in better protection of the entire community by allowing law enforcement to use their resources as efficiently as possible.

Topics: Prevent Copper Theft, SonaVision Online Monitoring

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

We provide our customers with the best commercial security solutions and quality service backed by our unique Guarantee and Commitment to Service. It's something unverified conventional alarm companies simply cannot guarantee!

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