Ohio currently leads the country in metal theft claims.
In 2010-2012 there were 3,228 metal thefts claims. Texas and Georgia round out the top three states. Additionally, Ohio had two of the top 10 U.S. hotbeds for metal theft claims activity according to the report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). The Cleveland-Elyria (Uh-lear-ee-uh)-Mentor area came in ninth and the Cincinnati area ranked sixth.
NICB's previous year report also ranked Ohio in the top spot generating 2,398 metal theft claims.
Mary Bonelli of the Ohio Insurance Institute says Ohio is taking steps to combat metal theft. that includes Ohio S.B. 193 which made a mandatory online registry for scrap metal and bulk merchandise container dealers on the Ohio Homeland Security Website. The online registry aims to crack down on metal theft by focusing on the end point scrap dealers and recycling facilities.