Hmmm? The FBI is saying that the theft of copper is a threat to the US infrastructure. Apparently because copper in wires, pipes, etc… is usually located in areas that are not easily monitored it is easy to steal.
Interestingly enough the damage caused by theft far outweigh the profits earned by heisting it. I didn’t realize but according to the article in Ars Technica crops have failed because the copper in irrigation systems has been boosted, in addition to air traffic control and tornado warning systems.
Intriguingly the price of copper has plummeted in the economic meltdown but copper thieves are targeting foreclosed homes and ripping out the wires after the home is left alone.