The copper bandits in West Virginia have been busy little beavers. It must be awful smokey up there in Mingo County.
Let’s take a look at some recently reported thefts. The most recent one being worthy of it’s spot at the top:
Matewan, WV 25678 US
370 feet of 600 pair/22 gauge copper.
[BulldogPI note: This is a very large, thick, and heavy cable. Frontier Communications no longer appears to be reporting estimated values or copper weights. Maybe they're not fond of my blog discussing them.]
Now I need to do some calculations if I want to estimate losses. Luckily the loss on 02/22/12 helps simplify that problem. Based on the estimated value of the 2/22/12 theft, the 02/27/12 heist sounds like over 17,000 dollars worth of copper!
BulldogPI, how ya figure?
(Well, let’s do some quick PI Math. The 02/22/12 theft implies that 200 pair cable weighs approximately one pound per foot. Remember the total estimated weight of the loss that day was approximately 700 lbs. I’m reasoning 600 pair wire of the same diameter (22gauge) would yield three times the copper per foot [all other factors being equal] If you then multiply 370 feet of copper times 3 lbs per foot, we’re talking around 1,100 lbs of copper. That’s about half again the yield of 02/22/12′s theft in Harts, WV. Multiplying the estimated value of that theft by 1.5 should put me somewhere in the ballpark. So, I’m figuring between 18 and 20K worth of copper. Pretty good wages for the day if you ask me. That amount of cable and weight wasn’t just lugged away by bubba in a pickup truck. He’s good, but not THAT good. Bubba must of had a helping hand or two…)
Also, keep in mind the value of the copper is only a fraction of the total expense of replacement. They must still dispatch trucks, crews, and time to replace the damaged lines.
Other reported losses:
300 Feet of 300 Pair 22 Gauge Aerial Telephone Cable
500 Feet of 300 Pair Aerial Telephone Cable
700 feet of 200 pair/22 gauge copper.
Estimated 650-700 lbs of copper.
Estimated value: $12,000.00
500 feet of 50 pair/19 gauge copper
Estimated Value: $4,300.00
250 feet of aerial telephone cable 100 pair/22 guage copper.
Estimated Value: $2200.00
200 feet of aerial telphone cable. 200 pair/22 guage copper.
Estimated 150-200 lbs of copper.
Estimated Value: $3500.00