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September 2006


TXU Electric Delivery takes action to prevent copper wire theft

Dallas, TX— In the last 12 months, copper prices have more than doubled and so have the number of copper thefts, resulting in increases in reported phone outages, power outages and construction costs.

TXU Electric Delivery is no exception when it comes to experiencing wire theft. In 2005, TXU Electric Delivery lost $633,000 to copper theft, excluding costs associated with outages caused by the crime.

To help combat this trend, TXU Electric Delivery has partnered with local police and area scrap yards to help identify stolen copper wire and apprehend criminals.

This is a nationwide problem and TXU Electric Delivery is taking several measures to address this issue:

  • Replacing stolen copper with copper weld. Copper weld is steel wire that is covered with copper. This material has the same electrical properties as copper but usually not valuable to scrap dealers.
  • Clearing foliage and increasing security lighting in and around facilities.
  • Upgrading/installing security systems and perimeter fences.
  • Securing equipment, materials, scrap bins, and vehicles that must remain inside these facilities.
  • When necessary, hiring law enforcement officials for added security.

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