DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- An insurance industry group says Ohio leads the nation in property insurance claims for the theft of copper and other metals.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau says Ohio property owners made 2,398 such claims during the three-year period from 2009 through 2011. Nationwide, such claims broke the 25,000 mark over the same period, an 81 percent jump from the three-year period from 2006 through 2008.
Texas ranked second in the number of metals theft claims, followed by Georgia, California and Illinois. The bureau listed the top metro areas for such claims as Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Detroit.
Thefts are spurred by high prices for copper and other metals in a struggling economy. Thieves cause millions of dollars in losses by ripping away air conditioners, plumbing and cables.
Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com