Copper wiring is being stolen from cell phone towers in many cities so the thieves can sell the copper for profit. Recently, someone stole the copper wire from a Spokane Valley cell tower that will cost the business $17,500 to replace. As of 1:45pm EST today, the price of copper per lb. was $3.2975.
“An employee of the company, which houses equipment for AT&T, Nextel and Cricket, alerted sheriff’s deputies Tuesday to a burglary occurring sometime during the last two weeks,” according to The Spokesman-Review.
Copper wiring was also taken from the ground and the building itself. A grounding bar used to protect workers and equipment from high voltage, stamped with a “Do Not Recycle” notice, was also stolen.
September 19, 2013 | Tower-Pro
This week in Athens, Ohio 150 feet of wire was stolen from a Verizon Wireless Cell Tower. Verizon reported that the wires on the ground outside of the control office were also cut. The copper wire was also removed from the tower after the thief climbed the tower and unbolted it. Thankfully, cell phone service was not interrupted because of the theft. The cell site had last been visited on August 19th.
September 10, 2013 | Tower-Pro
The New Castle, Pennsylvania police are working to determine who is responsible for stealing the copper wiring from a power substation and a cell phone tower. The first theft was reported last Saturday when approximately 30 feet of copper wire was cut from a Verizon cell tower.
Ever since 2007, metal theft increases have popped up over the United States—even the number of manhole cover thefts increased substantially between 2007 and 2008. A black market for copper has emerged over the past few years, which is why the stealing of copper wiring has been increasing. The closing price of copper per pound yesterday was $3.24.
August 30, 2013 | Tower-Pro
Copper wire was stolen from the Gordon Highway cell phone tower in Augusta, Georgia. Cables were cut from at least 10 areas at the base of the tower. The damages were estimated to be about $450 in materials and more than $1,000 in labor. The theft occurred sometime between Thursday, August 1st around 8am and Monday morning.
August 21, 2013 | Tower-Pro
The Sheriff’s Office of Davidson County, NC is investigating a report of $3,000 in copper wire that was stolen from a nearby Verizon cell tower around July 31st. A Verizon employee was doing a routine check and noticed that many of the copper wires at the bottom of the tower had been cut.
August 8, 2013 | Tower-Pro
It’s not every day that an entire radio phone tower collapses and when it does, it usually raises a few eyebrows and causes some concern. Sunday, July 28th, a cell tower in Contra Costa, California collapses. Thankfully, no one was injured but police suspect that this may have been the work of vandals.
CBS San Francisco reported that, “Officers responded and found that the cables that hold the tower in place had been cut, causing it to fall, police Capt. Mark Ruppenthal said.” This tower stood just over 200-feet and was located west of San Ramon and Danville.
American Tower owns and manages over fifty thousand towers used by cell phone companies, broadcasters and emergency services
July 30, 2013 | Tower-Pro
Gaylordsville, CT may soon be home to another cell tower just a few miles away from the 130-foot cell tower structure that was installed in June. Susan Tuz reported in the News Times that, “AT&T proposes to construct a 150-foot cellular communication tower on property owned by FirstLight Hydro Generating Company, the company that owns Candlewood Lake.”
There will be a public hearing before the Zoning Commission on August 27th at 7pm. The Connecticut Siting Council gets to make the decision regarding the construction of the tower. However, they are required to hear the input from the town’s Zoning Commission. Members of the community are upset that there will be two towers just two miles away from each other. The tower that was erected in June is outside the fire station and it is for public safety. This new tower will serve a different purpose to the residents of Gaylordsville.
“AT&T provides coverage to 18.9 square miles in town. The proposed tower would increase coverage to 19.52 square miles, boosting the reach from 11,814 customers to 11,898, the notification states,” Tuz reported.
July 30, 2013 | Tower-Pro
When property crimes spike, this increases the chance that items will also be stolen from cell phone towers. In Double Oak, Texas, the DOPD Chief, Derrick Watson, reported that, “On July 15 in the 8100 blk. Justin Rd. (behind the two churches) an unknown person(s) entered a cellphone tower enclosure and removed ten batteries without permission. Approximate value of missing batteries is $3,500. On July 22 in the 8100 blk. of Justin Rd. the backup batteries for the cell phone tower were stolen with a loss of approximately $4,200.”
The Double Oak police urge members of the community to pay close attention to their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior. With the area increasing in population, criminal activity is also increasing. Along with batteries being stolen from cell towers, thieves have also been stealing the copper wire in order to resell the copper to make a profit. Always keep your eyes open and report anything unusual to the police.
July 29, 2013 | Tower-Pro