in Georgia increase reward for copper theft details
In the wake of increased copper thefts, Georgia’s
electric utilities are offering up to $3,000 for information
leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals involved
in the theft of copper and other metals from their property.
Copper thefts from substations, utility poles and lines continue
to be a growing problem and public safety issue. The thefts threaten
the reliability of the electric system and could cause power
outages in some cases. In addition, damaged lines pose a danger
of electrocution to anyone in the area, including utility workers.
These crimes affect many businesses throughout the state and
their ability to provide essential services. Utilities are aggressively
working with law enforcement agencies and scrap recyclers to
apprehend the perpetrators. This increased reward is one tool
to encourage the public’s assistance.
Details such as a tag number, a physical description of a person
or a car could be especially helpful. Anyone who observes suspicious
activity around an electric substation or other utility facility
is asked to contact the statewide copper theft hotline at 1-877-732-8717.
If a theft is in progress, the witness should notify 911 first,
then call the hotline.
In February 2009 utilities began offering $500 for information
leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone associated with
copper thefts. Officials hope the increased reward will encourage
members of the public to come forward with valuable information.
Up to $3,000 will be paid to anyone who furnishes information
that leads directly to the arrest and conviction of someone involved
in metals theft from a utility property in Georgia.
The reward is being offered by Dalton Utilities, Electric Cities
of Georgia, 42 electric membership cooperatives (EMCs), Georgia
EMC, Georgia Power, Georgia Transmission Corp. and Municipal
Electric Authority of Georgia.