Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:58
The local war on the theft of copper and other metals, and the damage caused by thieves who strip copper wires and pipes from homes, apartment buildings and churches has a new weapon.
Called Copperstoppers, the program will be operated by CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County in partnership with the Memphis Police Department's Real Time Crime Center. At its core, Copperstoppers will provide enhanced awards of up to $1,000 for anonymous tips that lead to the arrest of thieves as well as those who knowingly trade in stolen metal.
Copperstoppers represents a new coordination of government and private sector interests who say copper theft is ruining homes, eroding the city's tax base, and discouraging investment in the city.