New NC Law Regarding Metal Theft Has “Teeth”

North Carolina's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says that new legislation out of the General Assembly earlier this summer will deter metal thefts, even those on farms. 

The commissioner explains that irrigation systems are the biggest find for thieves, what with the aluminum parts plus copper wiring.  Rural electrical cooperatives were also greatful to see the bill; substations have also been targeted. 

Some examples of items covered by the law; copper wire, copper-clad steel wire, copper pipe, copper bars, aluminum other than aluminum cans, and products that are a mixture of aluminum and copper.  Other items covered by the law include catalytic converters, lead-acid batteries, and even stainless steel beer kegs. 


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