For Immediate Release
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
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.