Hydro One and Crime Stoppers have joined forces to combat the huge increase in metal theft across the province. Hydro One is contributing $10,000 to Crime Stoppers to aid in raising awareness of the impact of stealing copper conductors used by Hydro One on its power lines. Given the rise in copper prices, copper theft has increased by approximately 1,150 per cent from 2005 to 2006 and is now costing the company about $1 million a year. These thefts are a serious issue, not only because any contact with an energised power line can result in electrocution, but contact also threatens the safety of both the general public and Hydro One staff, and negatively affects electricity reliability.
Aside from increasing security systems and undertaking investigations of copper/metal thefts, Hydro One is hoping this partnership can increase identification of metal thieves and the buyers of stolen metal. Any citizen with information can call 1-800-222-TIPS. Crime Stopper takes information 24 hours a day, seven days a week and callers never have to identify themselves or testify in court.