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For Immediate Release


Delmarva Power Warns Thieves to Avoid Taking Deadly Chance

Newark, Del. - Delmarva Power reminds the public of the dangers associated with attempting to steal copper and other wire from the company's lines, substations and equipment yards.

The theft of copper and wire from utility lines and electrical equipment is a crime.  Additionally, wire theft can be life threatening to those trying to remove it, and can endanger others by leaving an unsafe condition. If ground wires are stolen or fences cut that expose dangerous electrical equipment, anyone near the area could accidently get injured or killed. Safety is a core value at Delmarva Power. We are concerned for our employees' safety and  the safety of our customers.

Altering the lines also impairs the reliability of the electric distribution system. Customers could experience uneven voltage, which can cause power outages and damage to electronic equipment and light bulbs.

Theft of company materials means that Delmarva Power crews must spend many hours repairing equipment, safeguarding facilities and replacing stolen wire. The repair and replacement cost of damaged equipment far exceeds the scrap value received for the wire. The costs of replacing and repairing damaged equipment are borne by all Delmarva Power customers in much the same way that theft in department and grocery stores affects the price of goods.

Anyone stealing materials from Delmarva Power property and scrap dealers who knowingly purchase these materials will be subject to criminal charges. Delmarva Power is asking for the public's help before someone is seriously injured or the electric system is undermined by these illegal actions.

Anyone with information about electric utility copper or wire theft is encouraged to call Delmarva Power 24/7 at: 1-866-705-HELP or contact your local authorities. 

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