United States – Metal theft insurance claims increased by more than 80% in the USA when comparing figures for 2009-11 with those for the preceding three years – with some 25 083 claims lodged as compared to 13 861 in 2006-08, it is confirmed in a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
The document reveals that in excess of 96% of the insurance claims related to thefts of copper. In addition to the frequency, it emerges from the NICB report that the severity of the thefts has also increased.
Due to this, traffic controls at many busy intersections have been rendered inoperative and numerous highways have been plunged into darkness. Even the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reacted to this crime wave, stating publicly: ‘Copper thieves are threatening US critical infrastructure and present a risk to both public safety and national security.’
The entire report can be read at: www.nicb.org