Copper thieves pull $60,000 in copper wire from I-15

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  • 2A South Fan Central, UT
    April 3, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    @ My2 Cents: Your theories are a little off. The lighting control panel allow timers/photo controllers to turn off the lights during daytime hours, this is money well spent. Also copper wire is superior to Aluminum wire in it current carrying properties. Wire/conductor must be oversized for voltage drop for long wire run such as street/freeway lighting. And by the way most street lighting is not 110V because of extreme voltage drop. It is most likely 240V or 480V. Please get some facts strait before commenting on something that is out of your expertise.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 3, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    Stealing this stuff is only a Class A Misdemeanor? I'd say that is underkill. Make it a Second Degree Felony. After all it is a danger to the public in so many ways.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    April 3, 2013 4:16 a.m.

    As brazen as thieves are anymore the theft was most likely done during daylight hours
    where people and police would pay less attention to vehicles parked along the roads. A night time theft would draw more attention than daytime thefts.

    If this picture showing the lighting control panel is what UDOT is installing then we deserve to have all their equipment stolen. This is extravagance and waste at its best, why do they put in a $300 panel when a $40 panel w/breaker will work? And why are they installing wire that is 100 times the size needed for 110v light bulbs? The purpose of A/C power is to allow the use of smaller size wiring that can be transformed at each end to get the voltage needed.

    Someone should take a look at the extravagant waste and excessive cost to the taxpayers. Normal size wiring would cut the cost by 75% and not make it worth the time and effort to steal smaller gauge copper wire. And BTW, this wiring is the 99% pure copper which is overkill for a string of street lights.