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Ohio makes more scrap metal insurance claims than any other state
While national claim rates fall, Ohio's continue to rise
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
Scrap metal theft claims continue to raise in Ohio.
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National trends show a decrease in metal theft claims, but Ohio has had increases over the last three years, according to a new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Spokesman Frank Scafidi says Ohio tops the list with more than 4,000 claims in the last three years, compared to No. 2 Texas with about 3,000.

But he says these numbers only account for thefts that are reported to insurance companies. Because of this, the high number may actually say something positive about Ohio.

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“Look at it this way: that the people in Ohio, at least, are much more financially and fiscally astute, perhaps, than the rest of the nation," Scafidid says. "If these are claims that covered by insurance, that tells you that at least there’s an adequate level of financial protection for people in that state that should they suffer a loss like this, there’s a financial remedy for them. They’re insured.”

Scafidi expects the national numbers to continue to decline as communities such as Columbus begin to require buyers to take steps to make sure the metal is obtained legally.

Unlike a lot of cities in Ohio, Columbus requires scrap buyers to take down information about sellers and report the materials they receive to the police.

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