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Metal Theft On The Rise

The Broome County Sheriff's Office wants the County Legislature to pass a local law to help crackdown on metal thieves.
We begin with continuing coverage of the increasing problem of metal theft in our area. The Broome County Sheriff's Office wants the County Legislature to pass a local law to help crackdown on thieves. Police say two factors are helping fuel the crime, including current drug trends where people are stealing items to hep pay for their addictions. And, the price of scrap metal, including pipes and copper, has also gone up.
Here at 33 Pulaski Street in the Town of Dickinson, thieves stole pipes from the vacant home. Captain Fred Akshar says a new standard for reporting transactions would help police.
 
Fred Akshar says, "We're looking for a standardization of reporting. When someone comes in to sell, whatever it may be, whether it be a second hand item, whether it be scrap metal, whether it be a gem or a jewel, we want standardized reporting. This way, law enforcement as a whole can go back and research who is bringing these items in."

Akshar says he also understands that businesses need to give their input. The issue is being talked about in the County Legislature. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is also proposing federal metal theft legislation.
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