Statement by Floridians for Copper and Metal Crime Prevention Coalition and AIF's Keyna Cory on Passage of Legislation to Deter Metal Theft

April 23, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — “The Floridians for Copper and Metal Crime Prevention Coalition and Associated Industries of Florida applaud the work of the Florida Legislature in passing crucial legislation to help curb metal theft activity, a crime that has seen a dramatic rise in recent years.  This legislation will act to deter thieves from bringing stolen items to a legitimate secondary metal dealer by requiring these metal dealers to keep records from who they acquire metal.  In addition, any unscrupulous metal dealers who do not provide the required information for a sale and who receive stolen property can be charged with a third-degree felony.

“Due to the increasing worldwide demand for metals, metal theft is on the rise and can jeopardize the safety of individuals who are affected by the theft, as well as wreaking havoc on communities by causing power outages and surges.  We are grateful for the hard work and commitment of Representative Baxter Troutman, Senator Lee Constantine and Senator Victor; the Coalition is confident this legislation will protect the safety of all Floridians.”

Floridians for Copper and Metal Crime Prevention Coalition
American Fire Sprinkler Association
Alarm Association of Florida
Anheuser-Busch Companies
Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida
Associated Builders & Contractors of Florida
Associated Industries of Florida
Beer Industry of Florida
Coors Brewing Company
City of Orlando
Florida Association of General Contractors
Florida Association of Electrical Contractors
Florida Building Material Association
Florida Carpenters Regional Council
Florida Electric Cooperatives Association
Florida Farm Bureau
Florida Fire Equipment Dealers Association
Florida Home Builders Association
Florida Municipal Electric Association
Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association
Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association
Florida Retail Federation
Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors Association
Florida Solar Energy Industries Association
Florida Swimming Pool Association
Florida Telecommunications Industry Association
Florida Transportation Builders Association
Florida Wall & Ceiling Contractors Association
Gulf Power
Hillsborough County
Independent Electrical Contractors of Florida
Miller Brewing
Underground Utility Contractors of Florida
United Pool & Spa Association