Copper Thieves Disrupt Electric Service, Risk Lives

When thieves break into electric utility facilities to steal copper, they not only risk their lives, but they disrupt power for customers and drive up operating costs that can lead to higher prices.

When thieves break into electric utility facilities to steal copper, they not only risk their lives, but they disrupt power for customers and drive up operating costs that can lead to higher prices.

A man who apparently intended to steal copper from a Puget Sound Energy substation in Renton was critically injured Wednesday when he cut into a transformer’s wiring. Read the full story here .

Copper thieves have targeted Seattle City Light in the past also.

Customers can help the utility protect the reliability of energy delivery and enhance public safety by paying attention to any unusual activity around substations or other electric facilities, Security Manager Doug Williams said.

“If you see something suspicious, call 9-1-1,” Williams said. “Let’s be a partner on this.”