The cost of copper theft in the UK is around £770 million a year.
(Thieves are targeting gas supplies, electricity companies and telecoms cables. Organised gangs even risk their lives by clambering on to railway tracks and using power tools to cut through live train signalling, electricity and data cables. They then cart the cabling off in anything from wheelbarrows to quad bikes. The reason is the price of copper has soared by 41 per cent in the last year and this month hit an all-time high of £6,328 a ton, oh and some people will steal anything and other people will buy anything.