Scarborough Police warn of rise in theft of copper from building sites and vacant blocks

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SCARBOROUGH Police are warning homeowners of a rise in copper wiring thefts from vacant blocks or building sites.

Senior Sergeant Glenn Dowding said he had received reports of sinks and walls being “ripped” apart to steal the piping or wiring.

“Often this causes much more damage than copper is worth, sometimes destroying parts of a house,” he said.

“It is usually happening at vacant houses or building sites where taps, sinks and parts of walls have been ripped out.”

On September 4, thieves stole cables from a house on Coral Street in Scarborough, the third time the site had been targeted.

Between September 7-11 copper piping was stolen from a home under construction on Balcatta Road in Gwelup.

A salon on Main Street in Osborne Park was also targeted in the same time frame.

Sgt Dowding said he would advise those building a house or with a vacant property to be in regular contact with neighbours to monitor the site.

“Often people will assume individual could be construction workers and would not necessarily call police,” he said.

“I would also advise anyone with information about stockpiles of copper wiring or piping to contact Crime Stoppers.”

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