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The Middle Georgia Association of REALTORS© is a non-profit trade organization representing REALTORS© and Associates of the Real Estate Industry since 1920.


Metal Theft Prevention Program - Marking Your Metal

In response to the ever growing problem of metal and copper theft the Middle Georgia Association of REALTORS recently started a HVAC Marking System to help stop the theft of A/C units. This program was designed with the help of the Southeast Metal Theft Task Force, the Bibb County Sherriff's office and the Bibb County District Attorney's office.

This program has significantly reduced the amount of A/C unit thefts in Columbus and we hope for the same successs here in Bibb County. CLick here for information on how to participate in the program. For instructions & illustrations on how to mark/paint your metal click here. To report a metal theft go to the Southeast Metal Theft Task Force's webpage.

REALTORS® Successful in Strengthening Laws to Prevent Metal Theft
GAR was proud to work on the passage of HB 872, which we hope will cut down on the number of metal theft crimes across the state. Most importantly, HB 872 restricts metal recyclers from paying cash for restricted metals. Payments can be made by check, payment voucher, or electronic funds transfer. These provisions are designed to prevent criminals’ access to quick cash. Additionally, the bill restricts metal recyclers from purchasing air conditioning unit coils unless the seller is a licensed HVAC contractor or has documentation they have purchased a new unit. Additional regulations are put in place that require metal recyclers to be permitted by the local sheriff and requires the recyclers to photograph or video the metal they purchase and file on record along side the picture identification of the seller.


ASSOCIATED WEBSITES:

Georgia Association of REALTORS© (regional site)
Georgia Real Estate Commission & Appraiser's Board
National Association of REALTORS© (for agents)
National Association of REALTORS© (properties for sale)
Home Builders Association of Middle Georgia