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Copper Theft Still Keeping Cops Busy

Rising theft of copper from construction sites, unoccupied, and even inhabited, buildings has been spotlighted for a few years as an opportunity for installing security companies. Today, lingering recession effects combined with the conductive, noncorrosive metal expected to hit an all-time high of more…



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Rising theft of copper from construction sites, unoccupied, and even inhabited, buildings has been spotlighted for a few years as an opportunity for installing security companies. Today, lingering recession effects combined with the conductive, noncorrosive metal expected to hit an all-time high of more than $5 per pound in 2011 is continuing to drive this criminal activity. The topic has captured the attention of mainstream media as evidenced by this week’s cover story in Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.

The article, titled “The Great Copper Heist,” is quite in-depth and toward the end brings video intrusion detection manufacturer Videofied and dealer SNC Security into the story. Companies looking to break into this niche would do well to use this article as one of their sales tools to illustrate the need and how they can help provide a solution.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

In 2006, AT&T partnered with a copper-specific video alarm company in Dallas called Videofied. When tripped, a battery operated camera sends 10 seconds of video footage to officers over a cell signal.  It can operate even if the power and phone lines are cut.

Mike Korbuly, vice-president of SNC Security, who responds to incidents in Dallas for Videofied, has caught bad guys carrying their own cell tower maps, a takeoff on the foreclosure list treasure-hunting scheme.  Standing beneath a cell tower in the middle of a field in north Dallas recently, Korbuly notices the ultimate endorsement. The grounding wires for two other cell companies located at the tower are missing. His are not. “People are starting to learn that AT&T is protected,” he says,  eyeing an empty beer can the thieves might have left behind. That’s helped AT&T reduce service cuts by 75 percent nationwide in 2009. In 2008 those incidents cost $7.3 million, vs. $2.2 million in 2009.  Another Dallas company, CopperWatcher, provides air-conditioning unit alarm systems that trip if there are spikes in voltage, a telltale sign of tampering.

To read the complete article, go here.

Scott Goldfine

Article Topics
Vertical Markets · General Industry · Installation and Service · Management · Blogs · Installation · Intrusion · Management · Under Surveillance · Video Surveillance · Videofied · All Topics

About the Author
Scott Goldfine
Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration, directing all editorial aspects of the magazine brand in print, electronically, online and in person. The voluminous, innovative and award-winning body of work he has distinguished himself with since joining the publication in 1998 includes groundbreaking research, landmark features, leadership roundtables, high profile case studies, and many industry exclusives. Well versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is a nationally known figure in demand as an industry presenter and subject matter expert to mainstream media. He is responsible for developing many unique products and programs, including the SSI Industry Hall of Fame, Control Panel (industry’s first E-mail newsletter), Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ), Marketing Marvel, Installers of the Year, Integrated Installation of the Year, Security Industry Census, Systems Integration Study, Installation Business Report, Operations & Opportunities Report, Commercial End-User Study and Security’s Fantastic Fleets. Recognized for his relationship building, integrity and lead-by-example ethic, Goldfine is a solutions-oriented team player who advises and collaborates with industry dealer/integrator, consultant, distributor, central station and manufacturer icons, luminaries and executive business leaders on a daily basis. He is also actively involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), PSA-Tec, SAMMY Awards, International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC), Electronic Security Technology Summit (ESTS), Mission 500, Electronic Security Expo (ESX), ASIS Int’l, Honeywell CONNECT and other supplier conventions. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee and PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council. A certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast, Goldfine graduated with honors from Cal State, Northridge with a management degree in Radio-Television-Film. His professional media endeavors have encompassed magazines, Internet, radio, TV, film, records, teletext and books. Goldfine resides in the Charlotte, N.C., area with his wife, son and three cats.
Contact Scott Goldfine: sgoldfine@ehpub.com
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