by Chet Hardin
... you might have been robbed.
Or, let's say your streetlights have stopped working. Either way, it may be the work of copper thieves. City officials estimate that over the past year $300,000 worth of copper wire has been pilfered.
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The City of Colorado Springs is calling upon its citizens to report any suspicious activities around public or private streetlights or copper fixtures. The call comes as the City searches for ways to combat copper thieves who have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars of copper materials in the last twelve months.
In response, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) established a copper theft task force and recently announced the successful arrest of individuals involved in a copper theft ring.
“The problem is a community-wide issue that is affecting private citizens and city departments alike. Recent thefts have even included taking copper fixtures from fully pressurized sprinkler systems causing huge water bills and repair costs for local home owners. We need citizen eyes and ears to help us take a stand,” explained CSPD Sgt. Steve Noblitt.
Krauth says citizens can help by reporting any suspicious activities around streetlights. Citizens are encouraged to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000 or text “CSPD” and their information to 847411. Text tippers remain anonymous.
According to Krauth, the City contracts with Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) to maintain and repair its streetlight system. “CSU employees will always have CSU vehicles and apparel or badges. If you see someone working on a streetlight not identifiable as a CSU employee, chances are it’s a copper wire thief and you can call it in.”
According to Krauth, thieves have disabled around 300 streetlights in the past year and each repair costs about $1,000 when you include all costs.