Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thieves use chainsaws to down power poles and strip copper in Surrey

BC Hydro says thieves risked death or serious injury by cutting down two power poles with chainsaws in Surrey. A Spokeswoman said 25,000 volts of electricity was running through a power line when one of the poles was brought down, causing a grass fire on Sunday evening. Their transformers were stripped of copper.

She said the other pole was located on a property where a house was about to be demolished so the power line was turned off, but the thieves would not have known that when they risked their lives. Metal theft is a huge concern because it affects the safety of the public and BC Hydro’s employees while impacting the reliability of the electrical system, the utility said in a news release.