Home builders deal with thieves all the time. The vacant homes are vulnerable to such stripping because no one is around to question the thief.
Jim Lee a Realtor in Tennessee was in the process of selling a home when the thieves struck, stripping the home of all the copper.
The issue has become so troublesome in Colorado Rep Nancy Todd, D-Aurora is sponsoring HB-1141. The bill will require a commodity metal buyer to record the seller's I.D. and get a statement from the seller about where the metal was obtained.
The question is, "will thieves tell the truth?"
When builders, insurance companies and home owners are faced with costs to cover replacing copper in homes, the consumer ends up paying too.
As a good neighbor, remember it's ok to call the police when something doesn't look quite right. Let's do our part to enforce the law. All it takes is a telephone call.
<photo credits Jon Helgason - FOTOLIA>