An electric fence is fast becoming the first consideration of many sites to combat copper theft. Copper thieves are targeting ever more sites in their greed for what is fast becoming a precious commodity in the industrial world. What’s more, they are increasingly prepared to put themselves in danger by venturing into sites where there is a strong risk of electrocution or some other hazard. Their criminal acts can also cause damage, endangering the safety of others and often cause disruption of public services.
Copper wire from outdoor tracks of city subways is being stolen at an alarming rate. In recent years railway tracks have become one of the biggest targets for copper thieves. We look at a variety examples from the United States and Europe.
Rail Track Theft In The United States:
- In 2015 NY subway saw a large amount of copper wire (1″ thick) stolen from its open rail tracks with no less than 12 such thefts from the NY subway track network as a whole within a 12 month period. Click here to read more.
- In 2013 New York’s Long Island Rail Road had $250,000 worth of copper stolen (a total of 56 thefts in all).
- Also in 2013, Washington State saw 70,000 lbs of copper clipped from the light rail tracks south of Seattle.
Rail Track Theft In Europe:
- In October 2015 100 metres of copper wire was cut and stolen from signalling cables in Scotland causing chaos for commuters. The incident was the second of its kind in just 2 weeks.
- In December 2015 360 metres of high tension copper cable were stolen from the local railway network in Barcelona, Spain. The resulting disruption affected 200 trains and 60,000 passengers. Click here to read more.
Transformers & Substations
More increasingly popular targets of copper thieves include transformers and substations. Here are two stories from Canada and the United States:
Copper theft in Calgary
Copper theft from 6 substations in Erie and Wyoming
Substations are a key part of any country’s infrastructure and their protection against intrusion is vital. We have some direct and valuable experience in providing such solutions which you can read more about in a previous News article about Electrical Utility Security.
Another example of the resulting disruption and difficulty that copper theft causes is this story from a high school in Hawaii. Thieves stole copper from an electric box at the school, leaving no electricity supply including no air conditioning for the pupils and staff. It was the second such theft in just 2 months. Effective perimeter security for schools is something that we are beginning to see increasing numbers of enquiries for with copper theft being identified as one of the factors.
Copper Theft Prevention: Electric Fence Security
Our Electro-Fence™ and Flexiguard™ security technology can provide the answer for many if not all the types of outdoor site which are targeted for copper theft.
For particularly high security sites our electric fence can be installed with additional features such as extra fence height, anti-spread detection and anti-climb measures. More information is available on our electric fence system features page and if you require any further information or advice please just contact us and we will be pleased to help.