Copper theft in Whyalla

STOLEN: Police are investigating a high number of copper thefts in Whyalla, with around 300 metres of copper piping stolen over the past month.
STOLEN: Police are investigating a high number of copper thefts in Whyalla, with around 300 metres of copper piping stolen over the past month.

Police are investigating a high number of copper thefts in Whyalla over the past month.

Between 24 July and 20 August there have been ten reported incidents of theft of copper piping in Whyalla. It is estimated that approximately 300 meters of copper piping has been stolen from properties in the Whyalla area.

Whyalla Police are asking for any information in relation to the thefts and any observations of suspicious sales of copper piping. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stopperson 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au.

The public are reminded to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity by phoning 131 444.

It is important to take steps to prevent the theft of metal from your property as scrap metal can have a high market value, and appeal to opportunistic thieves.

Building sites, occupied and unoccupied properties can be targeted, by thieves looking rot metals such as copper, aluminium, brass, bronze, cast iron and steel.

Items commonly reported stolen can include copper piping, electrical cable and wiring, bathroom fittings such as taps, kitchen appliances, water meters, hot water systems, air conditioning units and steel fencing, guttering or roof sheeting.