Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Combating Copper Crooks


Copper wire theft is a crime that has cost Caltrans and taxpayers more than $7 million a year since the metal’s worth soared in 2008. Thieves target everything from electronic highway message signs to underground conduit used to operate traffic lights. 

In response, Caltrans is using aluminum instead of copper for some applications, installing tamper-proof boxes, setting up security cameras, and working with local law enforcement to help prevent the theft of this very expensive metal. Learn more in the video below.