With copper now trading at record highs, police across Canada say tracking the commodity is one way to help crack down on metal thieves cashing in on rising prices.
Thieves target copper cables at remote utility substations and along telecom­m­unication lines, as well as copper tubing in empty homes or those under construction. The stolen wire is then sold to scrap metal dealers, currently for more than $3 a pound. Hydro One reported a record 58 incidents of copper theft so far this year.