TVA enlisting neighbors to watch for theft

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority is
asking people who live near its power substations to watch for
copper thieves.

TVA spokesman Scott Brooks in Knoxville said thieves have been
attracted to copper because of the increasing value of the metal,
and copper thefts have increased across the region served by the
federal utility.

Brooks said last week that copper is used for grounding wire in
all of the utility's electric power installations.

TVA has its own police force, and officers have been going door
to door in neighborhoods near TVA switch yards, substations and
construction sites, asking people who live nearby to report any
suspicious activity.

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