April 11, 2013
According to a study done by USA Today, communities across the country are seeing an increase in the theft of metal storm drain grates. The grates generally weigh over 250 pounds and are in streets to cover drops of more than 10 feet into underground drains. The storm grates can cost cities up to $800 to install but thieves only get about $20.00 per drain cover for scrap metal. Some authorities in Atlanta, which has been especially hard hit, think the thieves dress up like work crews, take them out and then are selling them out of state to developers for up to $200.00.
These “workers” will eventually get caught as there is now heightened awareness by police officers across the country to have their eyes peeled. Fines, jail time, actual community service work and an anti-theft course are definitely in store for these offenders. The goal of a theft class is to educate and prevent individuals from repeating this illegal behavior. The idea is that people are responsible for their own behavior and do have control over their actions. Theft is often a result of poor decision making skills. Course topics cover:
- Taking a look at the root cause of the behavior
- Helping participants understand how their actions affect society and the individual victims. People are less likely to cause harm to others if they understand the repercussions.
- How to improve communication and stress management skills
- What individuals can expect if they continue to take the risk of theft and shoplifting
- Skills to divert and control theft impulses
If you need to satisfy a court, legal or occupational requirement or are just looking for a class for self-improvement purposes, be aware that theft classes online are an excellent resource. Online classes are designed to support busy people fulfill mandates and learn on their own time. Look for a class that has been developed by someone who is a legitimate expert in the field to insure that the information is accurate and current. Online theft diversion courses are available in 4, 8, 10 and 16 hour lengths, but can also be tailored to your specific needs. They are so convenient because the courses can be accessed from any web-based computer device like an Ipad, PC, laptop or even Smartphone. The entire class becomes available on the screen in front of you. Simply read through the material, take short multiple-choice quizzes and a final exam. Participants can enter and exit the class whenever they have free time. The computer program holds your last spot, so you can continue where you last left off.
Online classes can be taken at your own speed and convenience. If you are under an upcoming deadline, you can sit down and take the requirement in one weekend if necessary. Or, go at a relaxed pace over a couple of weeks. When you have passed the final exam, a Certificate of Completion is sent out to you. If you need it immediately, you can download a copy to show the court while waiting for the official certificate to come in the mail. You can also opt to pay extra for overnight shipping.
Online theft classes are an affordable, convenient and interesting way to learn how and why to stop stealing. Clients across the country have been extremely satisfied.