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New Jersey homeowners see surge in copper thefts

March 16, 2012 02:30PM

Recent gutter thefts have some Haddonfield, N.J. homeowners and proprietors guarding the copper gutters attached to their homes, the New York Times reported.

According to the Times, these thefts have quieted down lately following a spate of similar thefts in the fall and early winter months, and nobody has been arrested. However, in Passaic, a number of foreclosed houses have had thefts of gutters. Andrew White, a Passaic detective, told the Times that over a dozen homes and businesses had been made the target of copper thieves since the beginning of the year.

The Times said that copper is now worth over $3 per pound, which helps thieves cash in on their gatherings, which don’t only include gutters: they also snatch copper faucets and wiring.

Local police have reportedly suggested that residents with copper gutters install motion-detective lighting, trim the bushes right outside of their homes and paint the gutters black for deception. [NYT]