Company tackles copper theft problem

Posted at: 12/06/2012 9:57 PM
Updated at: 12/06/2012 10:20 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Copper theft does not seem to be slowing down. Albuquerque Police say they have been seeing two to three copper wire thefts a week recently.

But one local company has designed a device to put the thieves out of business.

Gate It Access Systems Technician Keith Mayer designed a deterrent bar. It is made of steel, buried deep into the ground, blocking the doors to the power cables.

Mayer says it costs customers about a thousand dollars, but PNM says they have to inspect your property first to see if they will allow it. They still need to have access to the cabinet in case of an emergency.

Property owner Pat McMullen says he has had his installed for about four months now, and he hasn't been hit by thieves since.

"This building has been hit three times this calendar year, the copper has been stolen," McMullen said. "Out of sheer frustration, we decided to try to figure out a way to combat the problem."

Mayer says they have installed about a dozen of these bars around the city.