Police & Power Company Team Up


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News Release: 12/082//LHC(7)
March 22, 2012

Police & Power Company Team Up
Education Effort on Dangerous Metal Thefts

 

            West Springfield Police District – Police are teaming up with officials from Dominion Virginia Power for a Day of Action, Thursday, March 22 that focuses on the dangerous and costly crime of metal theft.

            Together, they are visiting local scrapyards to discuss the serious safety concerns. They’ll focus on the magnitude of the problem and the potential dangers to employees, customers and even the criminals themselves, in dealing with stolen copper wires and other metals taken from generating stations, storage facilities and other locations. Police hope that this collaboration will lead to better tracking of guilty parties responsible for these crimes.

            Thieves are trespassing, often cutting large holes in fences, snipping and hauling away copper wiring that is part of the essential infrastructure that keeps electricity flowing to our homes and businesses. Stealing these wires is very dangerous and potentially deadly offense.

            In the past few months, officers in the West Springfield Police District have investigated seven cases from substations throughout their district.  No apprehensions have been made.

            Scrap metal employees and managers are often the recipients of the wires and other objects; police hope that educated staffers will contact police with suspicious caches of these materials. Power company officials note that this problem is an “epidemic” and that Fairfax County is not alone; it’s a statewide problem.

            Police and power officials encourage the public to do the following to help prevent metal theft on private property and in their own neighborhoods:  

  • Do not leave valuable metals outside. Copper, aluminum and other metals should be stored away safely.
  • Take caution when hiring individuals to haul away unwanted metals.
  • Post “No Trespassing” signs; if neighbors see suspicious activity around transfer stations, contact police.
  • Remove all access to your roof.
  • Trim hedges and trees that could potentially conceal criminals.
  • Increase lighting on and around your property.
  • Install security cameras on your property.

            Anyone with information on metal theft suspects is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

                                                           metals

FCPD Detective Jonathan Loesch, Tim Coleman of Dominion Virginia Power, and managers and employees of Potomac Metals Inc. talked about metal theft today.



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