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Scheme launched to crackdown in metal theft in Nelson
A SCHEME to crackdown on metal thieves targeting substations in Nelson has been unveiled by Electricity North West.
Recent figures highlighted Nelson as a hotspot for metal thefts from electricity substations, with 12 crimes over the past year.
Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the regional power network, has invested over £170,000 in a new metal marking process which will be trialled at more than 200 substations, including Nelson, to help crack down on the costly crime.
Steve Cox, future network manager, said: “Attempting to steal parts of the electricity network is extremely dangerous.
“It can also result in customers losing power and cost tens of thousands of pounds to repair the damage.
“By marking metal with secure codes, we will help stamp out this antisocial crime by deterring would-be thieves, and help the police catch anyone who steals metal from the power network.”
The new marking technique will mark key information on metal used across Electricity North West’s network, which will then be held on a central database accessed by Greater Manchester Police. The process will help the power operator and the police identify any stolen metal by relating it back to the substation and the crime which will help convict thieves.
If successful the trial will be rolled out across the North West.
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