Theft Protection: There are Solutions to Help Utilities Prevent Vandalism and Theft

Utility theft-whether it is equipment, vehicles, copper wire and more-affects everyone. Crime creates service disruptions, lost revenue and customer dissatisfaction. This month's Utility Products brings you informative articles to help combat the growing utility theft problem.

Utility theft-whether it is equipment, vehicles, copper wire and more-affects everyone. Crime creates service disruptions, lost revenue and customer dissatisfaction. This month's Utility Products brings you informative articles to help combat the growing utility theft problem.

In "Keeping Equipment off the Underground Market," author Jeri Lamerton discusses precautions equipment owners can take to discourage thieves and improve their chances of locating stolen equipment. The annual cost of stolen equipment in the U.S. is $1 billion. Off-road equipment is difficult to investigate, and Lamerton presents ways to prevent theft-and how to more easily recover it if it is stolen.

Cost-effective solutions to reduce theft, vandalism and security violations are outlined in John Romanowich's article, "Minimize Threats to Critical Assets With Smart Thermal Cameras." Threats to utility assets take many forms, which can disrupt operations and create safety issues. Romanowich addresses how smart thermal cameras with on-board video analytics can expand outdoor awareness, offering immediate notification if an intrusion is taking place.

In "Combat Theft With Key Controlled Access" by Michele Meierhofer, ways to improve physical security measures are reviewed. Physical security begins with the lock-and it is important to determine how it must hold up to any punishment during a break-in attempt. There are various lock options, and Meirhofer describes the available choices when choosing how to protect your facility and property.

As everyone knows, copper is one of utilities most stolen commodities. And, with its high price, it will continue to be stolen. John Chamberlain addresses this problem in "Copper Clad Aluminum and Copper Clad Steel Offer Affordable, Dependable Solutions." Copper clad aluminum (for applications that require conductivity) and copper clad steel (for grounding applications where fusing current is the specification) discourage thieves because of their reduced copper content and almost zero scrap value. Chamberlain explains that copper clad aluminum has all the advantages of copper without the disadvantages of aluminum; copper clad steel's advantages also are outlined.

And, Utility Products features two great articles to help with your construction needs: "Harden Your Network and Reduce Maintenance With the Right Battery Backup Solution," by Jennifer Eirich and Stephen Vechy, and "Extra Help: Where Should You go for Those Unusual Projects," by contributing editor Paul Hull.

This issue also brings you informative product focus articles that discuss smart metering, how to ensure machine-to-machine cost savings over the long term, substation security tips, transmission and distribution infrastructures, smart grid adoption, and how weather services get wind turbines up and running faster.

John Tabor
Associate Editor
johnt@pennwell.com

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