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Copper wire theft, it’s everywhere

Post by News Tribune Staff on June 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
June 24, 2008 4:37 pm

This time, it’s Olympia:

The City of Olympia is experiencing an increasing amount of copper wire theft. Copper wire has been stolen from street lights, signals, and storage yards. These thefts jeopardize public safety by disabling traffic signals, roadway lighting, information signs, and other transportation systems. Last week alone, there were three separate incidents of copper wire theft in Olympia.

Who pays for these crimes? Drivers and taxpayers are the ones ultimately harmed by these crimes. Unlike private companies or members of the public who are insured by commercial insurance companies, the City of Olympia is self-insured. Hence, taxpayers pay for our losses. Last month alone, approximately $7,000 in damage was reported.

We need your help. Keep your eyes and ears open for any suspicious or odd work zone activities. If you see a wire theft in process, dial 9-1-1.

ยท Public Works crews and contractors’ trucks and equipment are clearly identifiable with logos. The work zones are clearly signed and workers wear reflective clothing and hardhats. Drivers should see a sign telling them a work zone is set up ahead. If you do NOT see a clearly marked vehicle please call 9-1-1.

Citizens can call Public Works at (360) 753-8588, email us at or visit our website at for more information.

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