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Wire cable barriers not likely to be stolen

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YAKIMA, Wash - Construction crews are installing metal cable barriers along I-82. But with high metal prices, are they a target for thieves?

Metals like copper and brass are at all time highs -- backpack of copper can earn a thief a quick $40.00.

But Scott Peterson of DLC Recycling says galvanized steal wires aren't as attractive to thieves as copper and brass.

"At 40 dollars ton," said Peterson, "its tough to steal a ton, and get any money."

The Washington Department of Transportation is concerned either. They say thieves like quieter, more remote areas when stealing. Additionally, the wire is pulled so tight between post, if its cut, it could wipe back and severely hurt any would be thief.

WDOT crews are adding 10 miles of cable barriers in Yakima and Pasco. They should be finished by the end of the summer.