Southwest Iowa REC joins Crime Stoppers program
CORNING — Across Iowa, copper thefts from electric cooperatives have been occurring. These thefts can cause power surges, outages, fires, explosions and injuries to co-op workers or innocent people coming into contact with tampered equipment. In addition, post-theft repairs can run into the 10s of thousands of dollars, which must be covered by the affected co-ops and their members.
To combat this growing threat, Southwest Iowa REC has teamed up with Crime Stoppers to create a special toll-free phone line 800-452-1111, so citizens can report suspicious activities at one of the cooperative’s substations, or around other equipment, such as a transformer, power pole or even a meter at a residence, farm or business.
Crime Stoppers will contact the local sheriff or other law enforcement agency about the possible crime. After the caller has seen or heard on the local news that a crime has been solved, he or she can call Crime Stoppers to receive instructions for claiming a cash reward up to $1,000, although most rewards range from $20-200. The caller’s identity will remain anonymous throughout the process.
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