As the price of copper has increased, so have copper thefts. This crime 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. Because substations and power poles carry high levels of fatal electricity, many copper thefts result in death or serious burns and injuries. Copper theft is also expensive to fix! As a member-owned cooperative, ECE wants to protect our infrastructure from thieves.
Help your co-op stop copper theft:
If you notice suspicious activity around construction sites, farming equipment, and electric utility property, STAY AWAY and notify authorities.
If you are responsible for a construction site or farm, properly secure your property. If you have large quantities of copper, you may consider a tracking device that can help locate your copper if it is stolen.
Store tools and wire cutters in a secure location, and never leave them out while away.
If you notice anything unusual with electric facilities, such as an open substation gate, open equipment, or hanging wire, contact ECE at 1-800-254-7944.