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Thieves Raid 200 Sheffield Council Boilers

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http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/thieves-raid-200-sheffield-council-boilers-1-6305841

More than 200 council houses in Sheffield have been targeted by boiler thieves in less than a year – costing housing chiefs nearly £300,000.

Cash-strapped Sheffield Council has been forced to spend £287,000 on new boilers for properties targeted for their heating systems, which are sold for scrap.

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Coun Harpham said: “This year, more than 200 boilers have been stolen from council houses.

“We are aware of the problem and have been taking our own initiatives to prevent this, as well as working closely with the police and communities, which has led to a number of arrests.

Are scrap boilers really worth this?

My gut feeling is that perhaps there might be more to this story is it people in debt and payment is offered with the boiler?

If your into nicking boilers there's plenty in properties which are outside and easy to get to than braking into somebodies house and ripping it out, it's hardly a 20 second job with risk of blowing yourself up if you haven't turned off the gas.

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Chief Inspector Andy Kent, said: “We have been working with yards to introduce the cashless payments system. 
“Metal thefts are down by 22 per cent on last year, so it is already having an impact.

Sounds like they are PAYG combi boilers? Strange.

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Most will be empty properties waiting to be let,,they take the boiler and the copper piping.You get around £150-£200 scrap value for the average council semi copper.

Others will be tenants doing a deal where they let someone break in,get a £50 bung and then the council put a new boiler in.Most of the ones who do this don't live in the council property,,they live with their partners in their homes.The council property is simply where they get their benefits sent to/down at etc.

In Sunderland a study I had from Shelter found 24% of the council houses on HB on one estate had nobody living there.They were simply benefit drops,though they did sometimes sublet.

Its a not a big a problem as it was but it still happens.Easy to pick up on as the key meters are never topped up.

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A couple of years ago some friends, in a former council house in Shefield got a knock at the door.

"Hello, I'm from the council. We've been replacing lots of boilers and

have run out of council houses to do. 'Cos you're in the same street,

would you like a new boiler and all new radiators for free? If we don't

spend the money we have to give it back"

"Thank-you very much" they replied.

Maybe things have got so bad now there's a team going around ripping them out in the dead of night so that the new boiler team can stay in work.

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A couple of years ago some friends, in a former council house in Shefield got a knock at the door.

"Hello, I'm from the council. We've been replacing lots of boilers and

have run out of council houses to do. 'Cos you're in the same street,

would you like a new boiler and all new radiators for free? If we don't

spend the money we have to give it back"

Sounds more like a variant of the tarmac scam than anything else...

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