Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ham Burglar

We have had incidences where thieves have broken into peoples homes and made off with food, alcohol, and even eaten while there.

So we were not surprised to see this article in the Surrey Now Paper....


Delta Police are looking for a ham burglar. A North Delta resident who had been out for a few hours returned to his home in 11400 block of 75A Avenue last week to find his upper patio door wide open , a loaf of bread on the counter, and ham on the patio railing.
Unfortunately as well, his bedroom had been ransacked with drawers and tables tossed about. This was the second breakin in North Delta 7900 block of 115th street.

A retractable scissor gate on the patio door would have ensured a full fridge for this unfortunate resident.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Solution to Outside Electrical Wire Theft....

A few weeks ago, we received a call from a client who had all their wiring stripped from the side and rear of their building. At great cost they replaced all the wiring but overnight another attempt to steal their electrical had been made. They felt extremely vulnerable as they knew it was only a matter of time before it happened again, and ensuring power supply to their building was of course absolutely necessary.

 As you will see from the following photos, their building, located in Delta, is fairly isolated and the outside wiring at the back was quite hidden away and convenient to another attempt.

Exposed Wires - before

We manufactured 14 gauge steel casements /panels to fit over the exposed wiring and copper airconditioning lines.

Wires Hidden and Secured - after


Wires after - now protected

The casements are securely fastened down with a high strength steel drive-in anchors and were powdercoated for weather protection and look like a part of the building.

Scott and Ben installing the wiring covers

Total cost of  our installation was a fraction of what the electrical replacement had been. No further attempts at theft have been reported we are happy to report!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Metal Theft

Metal theft is a big problem here and everywhere else it seems. There are countless stories in the news and internet of this problem across Canada and the U.S, Britain and Europe. Soaring metal prices, expensive ore processing, and financial pain across the globe is bringing on another epidemic of theft.

Thousands of dollars stolen from local companies like Coupal Cranes in Port Coquitlam, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wiring stolen from BC Hydro and Telus. Two thirds of Telus's outages are caused by cable theft. With phone and internet services cut how can people call for emergency response. Not acceptable here or anywhere!

Artwork, grave headstones, and statues are being stolen. In the U.K, rows of houses in W. Yorkshire blew up because of theft of the copper piping that connects gas mains to gas meters, leaving leaking gas lines. Other areas of the country are experiencing it too, with a number of emergency evacuations of whole neighborhoods taking place. Train stoppages are widespread because of theft.

A woman cut off web access to the whole of  Armenia while scavenging for copper.

In July, the Jamaican government has banned the scrap metal trade indefinitely because of widespread theft of metal across the island totalling more than a billion in valuable equipment, infrastructure, and private business loss.

Too many stories to list.

Copper, aluminum, bronze, stainless steel, nickel and scrap iron are metals that are targeted, fuelled by the massive manufactuing needs of China and India. Copper has such a high value as scrap because recycling copper is a lossless process - virtually 100% of the material is recovered and the process uses far less energy than using raw ore.

But there are solutions, locally we need to crack down on unscrupulous scrap dealers. BC Provincial legislation should be enacted to blanket the uneveness of individual municipal regulations here in the lower mainland regarding scrap metal collection. Mailing payment cheques to sellers at their home address making Meth addicts wait, has worked well in Washington and Oregon.

See my next post about how we at RobberStoppers helped a local business with their wire theft problem...