-DAYTON IN THE TOP 30. The Gem City ranked 30th among cities nationally from 2013-15 for reported metal thefts at 263, according to the NICB. Others in the Buckeye State high on that list were No. 6 Cleveland, eighth-ranked Cincinnati, Columbus at No. 9 and Akron, No. 19.
-GUARD YOUR COPPER. Of Ohio's 4,144 metal theft claims from 2011-13, nearly all of them were copper. That metal has risen, by some estimates, five times in value since 2001. In one instance in September 2013, a witness reported seeing a man climb from the window of an East Third Street Dayton home, where police discovered around 50 pounds of copper piping cut out of the residence.
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-METAL IS A BIG BUSINESS. Metal theft costs U.S. businesses $1 billion a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Some use scrap metal as a revenue stream.
The employment of two city of Dayton workers ended in June after a police investigation into unauthorized scrap-metal sales at a local junkyard. The investigation has not resulted in any criminal convictions, but raised questions about whether city employees sold scrap-metal without authorization from their supervisors, which is against city policy.
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