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Dangers of Metal Theft
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Recognize and Report Metal Theft

Stealing wire and equipment from electric utilities is dangerous, illegal and must be reported. Metal theft can cause:

  • Power surges or outages
  • Injury to an innocent person coming in contact with tampered equipment

Steps We're Taking

We are working with law enforcement, community leaders, and scrap metal centers to raise awareness of metal theft dangers.

What You Can Do

If you have information on copper theft activity call our toll-free confidential hotline at 1-866-747-5845, or contact your local law enforcement agency.

Appalachian Power offers a reward up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of copper thieves.

What to Look For

Indications of metal theft include:

  • Missing sections of power lines or ground wires
  • Power lines hanging in the air or lying on the ground
  • Missing or misaligned covers to underground vaults
  • Cut fences or locks near electric substations
  • Holes dug underneath fences
  • Suspicious or unauthorized persons near substations; authorized personnel include Appalachian Power personnel or Appalachian Power-hired subcontractors
  • Individuals carrying large bundles of wire

A first-hand account of an actual copper theft

Fact Sheet

The Copper Theft Fact Sheet (PDF) explains the copper theft problem and identifies ways to prevent this alarming and deadly crime.

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