July 29, 2008

Coppers in Plea As Metal Thefts Soar

Police have issued a warning after a spate of thefts of copper pipe from houses.

Officers say the soaring cost of metals means thieves are targeting properties that are being renovated or are empty - including those where the householder has recently died.

Three houses in Swansea have been targeted in a four-day period, with raiders forcing their way in and stripping out pipes.

Acting Detective Inspector Richie Jones, of Swansea South CID, said: "The price of copper has gone through the roof lately, and it is making this kind of crime far more attractive.

"The thieves are targeting properties they have identified as empty, going in and removing pipping - even small quantities are worth money.

"We would urge everyone to ensure their properties are secure at all times."

In the latest incident, a house being renovated in Carlton Terrace, Mount Pleasant, was targeted by metal thieves some time between 5pm on Wednesday, July 23, and 9am on Thursday, July 24.

They forced their way in through a back door and stole copper pipping and power tools belonging to the builders.

It follows similar attacks on unoccupied houses in Eigen Crescent and Tegid Road, Mayhill.

Mr Jones said: "If your property is under renovation, or is empty for any reason, you need to be aware of the potential danger.

"I would also appeal to people in the metal trade who may be offered items for sale to come forward.

Call police on 01792 456999

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