We just had our first copper theft at Hobsonville substation.
Doors were forced open, security lights smashed, PIR sensors damaged.
They took all the earthing leads. Had a go at the 110 Volts DC batterybank but left that, they opened various cabinets for a peek inside.
Ok the theft is bad, but the sub is near a school. Kids could have entered.
I reckon harsh penalties have to apply here to the offenders.
They are already stealing heavy aluminium lids from distribution pillars.
Scrap dealers are now supposed to ask for photo id, if people bring in any scrap metal in large quantities.
The product of rotation, excitation and flux produces electricty.