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Ohio leads nation in metal thefts

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While the country has experienced a dramatic drop-off in metal thefts in recent years, Ohio leads the nation in reports of stolen copper, bronze, brass and aluminum thefts.

According to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, insured metal theft claims in 2015 were down 23 percent from 2014 levels and 29 percent over the past two years in America.

However, Ohio was identified as the state with the most metal theft claims, with 44% more claims than Pennsylvania, the state with the 2nd largest number of claims.

Ohio also had the highest rate of claims per capita.

The top five states for metal theft claims over this period were Ohio (4,042); Pennsylvania (2,819); New Jersey (2,585); New York (2,101) and Texas (1,833).

Here are the top 10 loss states associated with the most metal theft claims:

  • Ohio 4,042
  • Pennsylvania 2,819
  • New Jersey 2,585
  • New York 2,101
  • Texas 1,833
  • Illinois 1,792
  • California1,711
  • Michigan 1,567
  • Maryland 1,553
  • Georgia 1,244

Various state legislatures and municipalities have enacted tough laws in recent years as a direct response to copper and other metal thefts, according to the NICB.

Many of these laws require scrap yards and other buyers of metal to document the transaction and require proof of identity to discourage thieves from trying to cash in.

The NICB says that individuals need to do their part to prevent these kinds of thefts by being vigilant in their neighborhoods and business communities. If dwellings remain unoccupied for extended periods of time, they become magnets for unlawful behaviors. Wire stripping is among the activities that are routinely discovered in these locations.

According to the NICB, the best protection is paying attention by talking with neighbors, and asking one that you trust to keep watch on your home if you will be away.

As always, you should report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency. Unreported crime tends to breed more crime. 

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