Electrical Public Safety at American Electric Power - Copper Theft Kills

Jan 5, 2012 5:00 PM ET

Copper Theft Kills

Copper theft is a deadly problem because it can injure or kill those stealing it and endanger the public. Law enforcement, scrap dealers and local citizens can help to prevent copper theft by increasing their aware­ness and reporting theft. You can help save a life. Would you be able to identify stolen electrical copper cables? This factsheet explains the copper theft problem and identifies ways to prevent this alarming and deadly crime.

  ABOUT AEP - American Electric Power AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.   AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).