PUD asks customers to be on the lookout for metal thieves

Copper theft is on the rise, and Snohomish County PUD is asking for people to report any suspicious activity around utility poles, substations or transformers:

Each theft can cost the PUD hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars since the utility not only has to replace the metal, but must make repairs to damaged equipment. The property damage by thieves stealing wire and metal often far exceeds the value of the materials stolen (up to 10 times or more) as they break into vehicles, supply yards and substations.

Moreover, there are significant safety issues. The criminals may not understand how much danger they are exposing themselves to when they come in contact with electrical facilities. They often work in or near energized equipment.  Beyond putting themselves at risk, they also put the public and PUD employees at risk because they create significant electrical hazards by stealing wire and cable.

PUD says if you witness suspected metal theft, please call 911.

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