Copper theft has become a serious public safety issue in recent years as the price of copper in the U.S. has increased. People are increasingly being injured and killed while trying to steal copper wire. As a result, utilities across the country have been forced to respond with new measures for safeguarding their equipment and their employees from the dangers posed by these brazen thefts.
Electricity at any voltage is always dangerous and should be approached with caution. Contact can lead to electric shock, physical burns, neurological damage and death.
Stealing wire and equipment from utility facilities can also affect electric service, causing power surges, outages, fires, or explosions. Far worse, the damaged equipment that thieves have tampered with endangers the public and EPE employees who could come into contact with it.
If you see something, report it
Many copper theft crimes are thwarted because someone called the police when they saw something suspicious or unusual especially a crew working at night hours from 10 p.m. to morning without proper lighting or signage to notify the public about caution for men working.
Security cameras and alarm systems
Building an alarm system
Effective security lighting