10/9/2012 5:26 PM
New state laws could already be making a dent in the number of copper thefts in West Virginia.
Frontier Communications says there were only 30 copper thefts between July and September, compared to 110 at that time last year. The new laws make it illegal for scrap yards to buy certain metals without proof of possession. But company officials add it'll take more time to determine the exact impact the new laws are having.
"The law just came into effect in June, and we're just in the 3rd quarter. So, as time goes on, we'll be able to, probably, be a little more accurate and see if this trend will continue," says Bryan Stover of Frontier.
Stover also says increased cooperation between law enforcement, scrap metal yards, and communications companies are another factor in the lower number of thefts.