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New study shows Ohio is No. 1in insurance claims for metal thefts
State lawmakers are cracking down to try to prevent dealing in stolen metals
by WKSU's AMY COOKNICK


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Amy Cooknick
 

Ohio has a dubious claim to a top national ranking, according to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The study released this week says Ohio is No. 1 in insurance claims for metal theft. Ohioans filed more than 3,000 such claims from 2010 to 2012. That’s 23 percent more than Texas, which ranked second.

Ohio Insurance Institute spokeswoman Mary Bonelli says state lawmakers created a registry last year to track scrap-metal sales.  And they’re now working on a “do-not-buy” list of known metal thieves.

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“Dealers are required starting next year to send any transaction to the Ohio Department of Public Safety electronically by noon the following day that they do the business. And this includes a picture of the seller and the weight of the product they’re selling.”

Bonelli says the insurance report doesn’t mean Ohio experiences more metal thefts than anywhere else -- just that Ohioans are more likely to file claims than residents of any other state. She adds it’s unlikely the increase in claims will cause a rise in insurance premiums.  

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