(Greenfield) Copper theft is a crime and it is on the increase in Farmers Electric service areas. Stan Crees Member Service Director of the Farmers’ Electric Cooperative in Greenfield says copper thefts costs the U.S. economy $1 billion a year. And not only that stealing copper from an electric substation or utility pole can not only cause extensive outages, fires and explosions-but it might cause serious injury or death.
“If something happens to a breaker it has got to go to ground and then it will trip out,” stated Crees. “And if there is no ground for it to go to it could damage appliances and could people also.”
Crees says a lot of copper thefts take place to supplement drug habits.
“I think a lot of it is methamphetamine addicts which is an easy way for them to get dollars for their drug habit. Experts have determined that is where a lot of this is going,” said Crees.
Crees says the public can help by increasing their awareness and reporting suspicious activities near substation areas or near utility poles.
June 8, 2012