Risks of copper theft highlighted by Kelowna death

A copper thief hit the street lights on Black Mountain Drive recently, leaving behind a live wire that could've caused serious injury.

A copper thief hit the street lights on Black Mountain Drive recently, leaving behind a live wire that could’ve caused serious injury.

The Kelowna RCMP received a report that the street lights on Black Mountain Drive showed signs of tampering,  May 2 at 1:20 p.m.

“Police found that wires had been exposed and called in an electrical expert assist in the investigation,” said Const. Kris Clark.

“It was revealed that about 270 meters of copper wire had been removed from an electrical kiosk in addition to wire taken from several light standards. Apparently, a loose wire was found to be live and posed a potentially significant hazard to the public.”

Police continue to investigate.

Tampering with street lights or electrical boxes is dangerous and can cause grievous injury or death. Please stay clear of any exposed/live wires or downed cables.

All suspicious activity should be reported to the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Damage or signs of tampering can be reported to the appropriate utility company.