The summer still isn’t even over but in just this year alone, copper thieves have hit the Highlands Little League field three times. As a result, two fields were left with no lights and it put the league’s season in jeopardy. To replace the 2,500 feet of stolen copper wiring costs $10,000, leading the League to start a GoFundMe account that has since raised $4,700. This is just enough to get the lights back on.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the Houston area is a prime target for crimes such as this one. Houston is included in the top ten metro areas when it comes to having the highest number of metal theft claims in the country. These types of theft may not seem serious, but can prove to be quite damaging to victims while very profitable for the perpetrator.
During the most recent legislative session and with support from law enforcement and companies like AT&T, lawmakers passed House Bill 2187, authored by Rep. Wayne Smith (Baytown) and sponsored by Sen. Larry Taylor (Friendswood) to curb copper theft in Texas by making it tougher on thieves to cash in stolen goods.
On Tuesday, Jul. 28, area lawmakers will join representatives of the Highlands Little League as well as law enforcement officials and leaders from AT&T to celebrate the passage of this needed reform to crack down on copper theft in Texas. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Kaminski Park. As part of the event, AT&T will present a check to the Highlands Little League to help them reach their $10,000 goal. The $10,000 will be used to fund increased security measures at the ballpark including upgraded lighting, new aluminum wiring and potentially a security system.
Highlands Little League – Kaminski Park
925 East Canal Street
Highlands, Texas 77562
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 @ 6 p.m.