PITTSBURGH The state of Ohio continues to top the
National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) list of metal theft
claims, while copper remains by far the material most often
The annual report indicates that copper accounted for 32,568,
or 96.4 percent, of 33,775 insurance claims for the theft of
copper, bronze, brass or aluminum over a two year period. The
report looked at thefts between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2012
and compares 2010-2011 statistics with claims filed in 2012.
The report also suggests that there is a direct correlation
between the increase of copper prices and the increase of
Ohio continues to be the state that generates the most claims,
followed by Texas, Georgia, California and North Carolina. Ohio
also topped the list last year (
amm.com, March 20, 2012
Greater New York was the metropolitan area with the most
claims, followed by Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia.
The report noted that legislators have successfully enacted new
laws and regulatory efforts to thwart metal theft, but it
offered no indication as to whether those endeavors are
The NICB is a Des Plaines, Ill.-based nonprofit agency
chartered to prevent, detect and defeat insurance fraud.