RSI trumpets copper problem with new site
WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. - With a wireless video solution poised to tackle the problem, RSI Video Technologies, maker of the Videofied product line, is looking to draw the security industryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attention to copper theft, which now represents a $1 billion headache in the United States.
As part of this effort, RSI launched in February www.coppertheft.info, which features a collection of news stories and videos from the mainstream media, profiling hard-to-believe instances of copper theft, along with details about its own solution.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a problem with far greater reach than just construction sites,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Keith Jentoft, RSI president. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Thieves are now targeting roof-top AC units ... Copper thieves have shut down schools and hospitals, blacked out thousands in many different communities.Ã¢â‚¬Â Thieves are interested in this copper because of its historically high price, currently hovering around $3 a pound.
Jentoft said the site is designed primarily for end users, so that dealers can use it as a sales tool. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Look through the YouTube videos and you will be shocked by what you hear,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Noting that SIA has begun to look into the problem formally (see Ã¢â‚¬Å“Government Watch,Ã¢â‚¬Â on page 18), Jentoft still wonders why the security industry as a whole hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t made more of copper theft.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I believe that copper theft is the most under-reported security issue in the industry,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. SSN