Stealing or attempting to steal electrical wires is a crime – and it can be deadly. Stealing wire and equipment from utility power lines and substations is dangerous not only for the thieves, but the theft also could result in disruptions in electric service and create potential electrical hazards.
Stealing wire and other metal equipment from utility power lines and substations is also costly, to both the utility and the public. While the utility initially bears the cost of repairing damage caused by wire theft, electric consumers ultimately pay in the form of higher electric bills.
To help prevent wire theft and safeguard against electrical dangers:
- Never enter or touch equipment inside a substation. Always stay at least 10 feet away from power lines.
- If you notice anything unusual with electric substations or facilities, such as an open substation gate, hanging wire or suspicious personnel near the facilities, contact the local police or CenterPoint Energy immediately.
- Help spread the word about the dangers and costs of electrical wire theft.
If you see someone attempting to cut wires near power lines or entering a substation, please call 911 immediately. If you have any information regarding suspicious activities near electric equipment, please contact CenterPoint Energy at 877-232-4911.