Copper theft costs society millions

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The esculating theft of copper from railway lines in Sweden is costing society millions of dollars and rail security experts and the police are working on new ways to crack down on the thefts which are said to be committed by drug abusers and on a larger scale, by organised crime.

On Tuesday evening, rail passengers on route between Malmö and Stockholm were delayed for over five hours due to the latest theft of copper.

Sten Wickberg, head of security at the Swedish Transport Admistration told Radio Sweden that they were working on replacing copper lines with aluminium to deter the criminals who are attracted by the high cost of copper.