Rising copper prices have made this metal even more attractive to thieves. In fact, the National Insurance Crime Bureau estimates that copper thefts increased more than 80 percent between 2009 and 2011.
Copper theft is especially harmful because it creates some serious safety risks. Thefts from electric utility property, such as substations and power poles, can cause fires, explosions, power outages and electric shock.
Copper thieves themselves may pay the ultimate price for their actions. Many copper thieves have been killed or seriously burned while trying to steal from high-voltage electric substations or power poles.
You can help stop copper theft. If you notice suspicious activity or individuals near electric substations or other utility property, call the police - do not try to intervene yourself. Learn more at SafeElectricity.org