Reduce the possibility of copper theft by substituting copper paint finish
"Copper is such a hot commodity that thieves are going after the metal anywhere they can find it..."
"According to the latest statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which tracks incidents of metal theft, 25,083 claims were filed from 2009 to 2012, compared with 13,861 from 2006 to 2008. Nearly 96 percent of the claims in the more recent period were for copper theft." CNBC 8/12/2014
"As the economy continues to limp toward recovery, and some forms of scrap copper sell for more than $3 a pound, thieves are cashing in on stolen copper gutters, copper faucets and piping, copper wiring, even air-conditioning units with copper coils." NYTimes 3/15/2012
For homeowners, popular targets are downspouts, gutters and any easy-to-reach decor. Copper paint offers an expensive looking finish, but no booty for a theft. So consider painting your downspouts
In addition to downspouts, painting your gutters would discourage theft. Replacements for stolen real copper gutters are as simple as purchasing unpainted gutters. Just coat them.
Iron John Logan created the beautiful ship on the upper right of this page. He contacted me about a finish that would mimic copper but avoid theft since the sculpture would sit in a public square 24 hours a day without security.
"I used the copper paint over hammered steel instead of real copper for a number of reasons;......and namely to safe guard against theft. The product did all that and more!"