It's a crime that goes up when the economy goes down.
AT&T says thieves in Alabama have stolen more copper telephone cable than any other place in the country.
Copper's value is closing in on $3 a pound.
AT&T's major concern with thefts involving copper telephone cable is loss of service. Stolen cable can obviously affect your land-line telephone service, your Internet, and even your cell phone service if a cell phone site is hit up for copper.
This also turns into a public safety concern if people can't make emergency phone calls.
AT&T Regional Director Dave Hargrove saID there have been more than 200 separate instances in Alabama, and that's just since January.