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CLEVELAND - One of several bills signed into law by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) Tuesday aims to crack down on scrap metal theft.
The new law requires scrap metal dealers to photograph of every person selling scrap metal, and keep the photo as part of the sales record.
A growing problem since the housing bust, thieves have targeted vacant homes in Cleveland and other communities throughout northeast Ohio and the state.
Earlier this month, scrap metal thieves hit a Lorain Avenue business under renovation and took nearly everything, including two brand new furnaces, air conditioning units, several appliances, piping and electrical wiring.
Owner Aaron Pearl told NewsChannel5's Troubleshooter Joe Pagonakis he believed increasing accountability for what is being brought into local scrap yards would help reduce metal theft.
"If you can just gut a building, show up at a scrap yard, and know that you're going to get paid without any scrutiny, then there is no disincentive in doing so," Pearl said.
The new law defines scrap metal dealers as "the owner or operator of a business that purchases or receives scrap metal for the purpose of sorting, grading, and shipping metals to third parties for direct or indirect melting into new products."
The inner-city is not the only place scrap metal thieves target.
An elderly Lorain County man reported earlier this month that nearly a ton of steel and scrap metal was stolen from his farm in Eaton Township.
And within the last year, NewsChannel5 has reported on scrap metal thefts in Medina, Wayne and Stark counties.
New laws do not always stop criminals, or make theft any easier on victims. To protect yourself, experts advise always locking garages and sheds that store tools and ladders. Also, keep plants around your gutters and downspouts trimmed so neighbors can notice if there are any thieves at work. Also, scrap metal thieves have yanked out catalytic converters out of cars, so always try to park in a garage or well-lit area.
Thieves can get more than $100 for the coils they take from your air conditioner, but it can cost you thousands of dollars to fix the damage. For specific tips on protecting your cooling system, go here: http://on.wews.com/MQBoTZ
Two families have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity gave thanks to its volunteers at its annual volunteer recognition meeting.
Business executives Chris Zito and Ed Crawford were given Our Lady of the Wayside's highest honor for their service to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Cleveland Skylift announced phase one of its cable car plan, linking the newly proposed Hilton Cleveland Convention Center hotel with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center.
Volunteer experts with HandsOn Northeast Ohio report graffiti issues are on the rise. NewsChannel5 volunteers help with the clean-up.
NewsChannel5 is committed to Building Better Neighborhoods and we've teamed up with HandsOn Northeast Ohio to help clean up graffiti in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood.
Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity launched its Slavic Village neighborhood revitalization initiative Thursday on Clement Avenue where two homes will now be renovated for first-time homeowners.
Cleveland residents will be issued a 65-gallon blue cart for recyclables and are now required to recycle glass, plastic, metal cans, cardboard and mixed paper items.