Published: Sunday, Jan. 8 2012 9:00 p.m. MST
put in solar at top to each light towers and see if thieves would dare to steal?
Start tracking everyone who tries to recycle copper. If they can't link it
directly back to the job then put them on the interrogation list.
It is no wonder that "Big Brother" is watching us all the time now.
Maybe we need to have even more camera's around to watch everything we do. The
sad part is that everyone that is complaining about all the camera's are those
who don't want anyone to see what they do to get extra money.
It seems it would be less costly to put up signs along the highways to warn
people if they see anyone working on the lamppost to notify a number. If the
people there aare authentic they would be pleased that someone is watching and
it may be a way of detering theieves. We as travelers need to be more watchful,
after all we are playing for the cost of repaiing these lights with our taxes.
If these lights were solar powered the problem would be solved. No need for
hundreds of feet of wire when there is a simple solar setup attached to the top
of the light. We get more than enough sunny days to make this practical.
How about a state law requiring a receipt for the original purchase of the
copper before you can unload the "scrap". Legit construction
companies would not have a problem with this, and would happily save recipes
when it came time to scrap the left over from a job. Also, maybe a law that
requires any suspicious recycling be reported to police, and require all who are
scrapping to swipe their DL like you have to do to walk into a bar. It's pretty
obviously that if you walk into a metal scrap yard with a couple thousand feet
of copper wire, or a full statue or something obvious like that, chances are the
person didn't gain the property by "legal" means.
@Aggie: The LAST thing we need is another law. Why? Because there have to be
people to enforce the law and investigate and prosecute law breakers. All that
costs money... all that goes on the taxpayer's tab.Why not solve the
problem at the source? If the copper wire isn't there nobody is going to steal
@DeltaFoxtrot,Just one problem to your proposed solar solution.
Where are you going to mount the storage battery for each light? The are not
small (could be the size of a car battery just to power one light overnight).
Furthermore, just as with your car battery, they do need maintenance and have to
be replaced periodically. That also can be expensive.
not only do they abscond with the copper, they simply smash the plastic junction
box covers to gain access, despite the proprietary fasteners!is
there any way to have the DOT copper wire drawn/rolled with some kind of
DOT/federal user imprint/logo into the metal itself? (the sheathing usually get
burned off by the crooks!) thus, any copper that is 'recovered' by the actual
DOT workforce would be valid, while any other person who tries to 'recycle' it
would obviously be a criminal. that would not require a new law, just better
cooperation with the recycle yards. although some of them can be criminals
also.the front end cost at manufacture would be miniscule compared
to full replacement cost in the field!perhaps stop exporting so much
of our USA copper/metal products beyond our borders, at least keep our own
infrastructure as the first priority, rather than 'bail out' some other dumb
country. the usa must not become the global fool!...
@VST: The battery can fit in an enclosure near the top of the light... they
really aren't that heavy.You can't tell me that converting these
lights to solar would be more expensive than replacing the wiring 1-2 times a
year for the foreseeable future.
@DeltaFoxtrot,"They [solar batteries] aren't really that
heavy."Do you know this for a fact? Do you have experience
with installation of solar power systems?For example, the average
car battery will contain about 25 pounds of lead plus the weight of the case and
the acid. It will keep the headlights burning brilliantly for less than two
hours when the car is not running.What happens the following evening
if the sun does not shine the next day?Nice idea but not the correct
solution to this theft problem.
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