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City Council modifying scrap metal proposal

October 30, 2013

WARREN — An effort to stop copper and aluminum thefts from buildings continues today when a City Council committee will discuss modifying the city’s salvage legislation proposal to allow city......

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Oct-30-13 10:07 AM

The intent of this legislation is good, but area scrap dealers will be at a disadvantage. This type of legislation should be state wide, and neighboring states should do the same. If neighboring states pass similar legislation that would be a big deterrent for those that are involved in stealing these items. I say this because then the federal laws apply, which will not be so lenient on them. The harder you make it on thieves involved in this, the quicker it will stop. It will also save property owners thousands of dollars in property damages and other associated costs.

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Oct-30-13 7:23 AM

I am quite sure that many times the scrap yards know when they are taking in scrap obtained in a suspicious way. Being in the remodeling field for 20 plus years, I have never scrapped a re-usable piece of copper piping or wire long enough to re-use for another project. Again, a little common sense would go a long way by the scrap yards. Follow the money. I believe this may help but it will also open up a black market to those who have permits able to purchase for pennies on the dollar. Loopholes are always found one way or another. Its certainly a good start with good intentions!

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