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Copper Theft: Gain a Buck, Lose a Life
As the price of copper has increased, so have copper thefts. The National Insurance Crime Bureau estimates that copper thefts have increased 81 percent in the last three years.
Copper theft is especially harmful because of the safety risks it creates. Thefts from electric utility property, such as substations and power poles, can cause fires, explosions, power outages, and electric shock. Copper theft is not a victimless crime. It is expensive to fix the damage done by copper thefts. Their actions have forced airport runways to temporarily shut down, required hospitals to run on generator power, created traffic problems when traffic lights did not have power, and caused deaths from fires and explosions.
Copper theft is also dangerous for thieves themselves. Substations and power poles carry high levels of fatal electricity. Many copper thefts have been killed or seriously burned or injured while trying to steal from electric utilities.
Safe Electricity has the following tips to empower you to help stop copper theft.