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13/04/15: North West power operator winning fight against metal thieves

Metal theft on the electricity network in the North West has fallen by 74 percent in three years thanks to the tireless crackdown by the region’s power operator. North West power operator winning fight against metal thieves

New figures show there were 153 metal thefts reported across the North West in the past year, down from almost 600 in 2012. Electricity North West, which operates the power network from Macclesfield to Carlisle, has promised to continue with its fight against the dangerous crime.

The decline in crime has been achieved by improving security, working closely with local police, trialling new pioneering marking technologies to trace stolen metal and changes in the law meaning scrap metal can no longer be sold for cash.

Steve Cox, head of engineering for Electricity North West, said: “It’s good to see this significant decline in metal theft across the North West, but we are still determined to continue our efforts and reduce it further.

North West power operator winning fight against metal thieves“Stealing from the power network is extremely dangerous and it can also have an impact on the power supplies to homes and businesses and cause thousands of pounds worth of damage.

“Would-be thieves are realising that we’ve made it harder to steal from our network and harder to sell it on. As well as risking their lives on a network that operates up to 132,000 volts, they’re also risking prosecution as we continue to provide evidence to the police for prosecutions too.”

Anyone with information regarding metal theft should call Electricity North West’s emergency 24-hour number on 0800 195 4141, the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.

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