Receiving station inspector Charlie Taylor, from Mullica, uses a magnet to check a buck up copper wire at Giordano's Recycling in Vineland.
Employee Daniel Allen, from Millville, sorts the scrap metal into different bins at Giordano's Recycling in Vineland. Photo/Dave Griffin
Thousands of pounds of scrap metal is sorted and compacted each day at Giordano's Recycling in Vineland. Photo/Dave Griffin
Heather Hassen, from Pittsgrove, and her daughter Deanna Delussa, 9, must sigh in with Ashley Maccri while showing driver license that will be scanned into the computer database before they can drop off their load of scrap metal at Giordano's Recycling in Vineland. Photo/Dave Griffin
Giordano's Recycling in Vineland co-owner Joe Giordano explains that every aspect of the scrap metal drop off process is captured with CCTV cameras throughout the plant. Photo/Dave Griffin
- Metal theft
* Metal theft is estimated to cost businesses in the United States $1 billion annually.
* The number of insurance claims involving thefts of copper, brass, bronze and aluminum increased from 13,861 from 2006 to 2008 to 25,083 from 2009 to 2011. That is an 81 percent increase. More than 96 percent of the claims from 2009 to 2011 involved copper thefts.
* Fifty-five percent of the metal theft insurance claims from 2009 to 2011 involved commercial properties, while the remaining 45 percent involved residential properties.
* New Jersey has slightly less than one metal theft insurance claim per 10,000 residents. Rhode Island leads the nation with more than two-and-a-half metal theft insurance claims per 10,000 residents.
* The Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Del., metropolitan area had the 10th largest number of metal theft insurance claims from 2009 to 2011.
* Many scrap metal thefts are committed by gang members and individuals looking for money to subsidize illegal drug activity. Scrap metal theft is also driven by a demand for copper in developing nations. The demand for copper in China increased substantially because of the construction of facilities for the 2008 summer Olympics.
* California, Georgia and Oregon have updated state laws to improve the tracking of people who sell scrap metals. States such as New Jersey and Washington are considering similar action.
* The illegal possession of large amounts of copper wire in Florida, Hawaii, Michigan and Oklahoma is now a felony offense.
* Scrap metal theft is also a significant problem in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Insurance Crime Bureau, FBI, New York Times.
Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 2:45 am
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