The OPP East Region Crime Unit is warning business and home owners of metal thefts. Since January 2010, the OPP in eastern Ontario have investigated 227 incidents involving the theft of rolls of copper, wiring and pipes. Suspects have been stealing metal worth hundreds of thousands from larger industrial locations, to small pieces of piping from behind toilets.

 In 2010, the OPP in East Region investigated 86 thefts of metals, in 2011-141 incidents and so far in 2012-45 reported thefts.

 These thefts have occurred from business locations to residential properties and summer cottages.

 The OPP encourage everyone to take extra precaution in safe guarding materials and buildings. The public can assist by reporting suspicious activity immediately to their nearest police agency.

 Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to call the OPP at 613-267-2626, their local police or CrimeStoppers.

 Contact:Sgt. Kristine Rae  Phone: 613-285-5479