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February 21, 2012 > Copper wire thefts increase

Copper wire thefts increase

Submitted By City of Fremont

Over the last two years, the City of Fremont has experienced a severe increase in copper wire theft from City street lights. In the past seven months, copper wire theft repairs have cost the City approximately $460,000 and left many street lights dark until repaired. This is not just a Fremont phenomenon-recent media reports have highlighted similar thefts in neighboring cities, local schools, and BART.

We ask that our community be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. In most cases, we believe vandals are working at night, and sometimes over a period of two nights. During the first night vandals will cut power and then return the second night to remove the wire.

If you notice a sudden outage of a street light pole, this could be an indicator that wire was recently pulled or that vandals plan to return the next evening to finish the job. Vandals may appear to look like repair crews in uniform with utility trucks and/or may be less sophisticated- attaching the wire to their vehicle and pulling it as they drive away. All authorized repair workers repairing or maintaining streetlights will either have a vehicle with the City of Fremont logo or Republic ITS (Siemens) logo on it. If you don't see either one of these vehicles in the vicinity, the individual is not an authorized repair-person.

The Fremont Police Department encourages anyone who witnesses a crime in progress, to call 9-1-1 and (510) 790-6800 option 3 for suspicious activity.

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