During the Great Recession of 2008, the home inspector rounded the back of a vacant home spotting the remains of where an air conditioner unit once sat.

The air conditioning unit had been stolen, as parts of the AC unit were made of aluminum and copper.

Copper theft reached all-time highs in 2007-2008 when the price of recyclable copper reached $3 to $4 a pound.

The thefts were happening all over the country, especially where thieves were targeting foreclosed houses.

In 2008, Congress passed The Copper Theft Prevention Act aimed at cutting down on copper theft.

It required certain metal recyclers to keep records of their transactions in order to deter individuals and enterprises engaged in theft and interstate fencing of stolen copper, and for other purposes.

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