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Options for reducing copper theft : final report 657.

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      Final report 657
    • NTL Classification:
      NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-SAFETY AND SECURITY;NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-PLANNING AND POLICY;
    • Abstract:
      This research investigated the theft of copper, including scope, impacts, and countermeasures. The researchers

      completed a literature review to demonstrate a global perspective of the problem. They took a survey of other

      state departments of transportation, utility companies, and developers to determine both successful and

      unsuccessful techniques being used to deter copper theft and the impact copper theft had on other geographical

      regions and other industries. Additionally, the researchers conducted a site survey to gain knowledge of the

      specific issues impacting the Arizona Department of Transportation and what mitigation techniques it was

      implementing.

      During the time of the research it was found:

      1. The Arizona Department of Transportation estimates that costs over the last two years have exceeded

      $500,000.

      2. The Arizona Department of Transportation has been diligent in implementing and adapting various methods

      and/or techniques to prevent copper theft and apprehend culprits.

      Suggested mitigation techniques include:

      1. Implement a collaborative effort among ADOT, the contracted private investigation firm, and outside

      consultant(s) to review and amend efforts on a periodic basis to maximize effectiveness through a thinktank

      type of approach.

      2. Implement a program that would monitor ongoing development of methods used by other organizations.

      3. Make particular use of the Copper Keeper, a device that makes it difficult to pull wire through conduit by

      locking the wire in place through the tightening of a compression bolt.

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