With metals trading at or near all-time highs, copper theft is big business for criminals. And that means big trouble for phone companies that are trying to keep their copper wire from being stolen off of homes and telephone poles.
Atlanta is the last city facing a rash of copper thefts. At least nine have happened just in the last few weeks in Georgia’s capital. Thieves risk electrocuting themselves when they pull the wires and phone company customers are left without landline service. Burglar alarms hooked up to phone lines also are rendered useless.
AT&T is ready to cough up $3,000 for information that will help arrest copper thieves in Atlanta.