Public safety put at risk following thefts from high voltage substations in Falkirk

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Thefts from substations can cause house fires and power cuts.

Thieves have been robbing high-voltage electrical substations and stealing coils of wire to sell for scrap.

Since August 11, seven substations have been prised open and wire and earth bond cable stolen. Police in Forth Valley believe the wire is being sold on as scrap metal.

The incidents occurred at facilities in Nailer Road, Camelon, Church Place, Abbots Road, Dawson Street, Bainsford Primary School, and Bryson Street and police have issued an appeal for witnesses.

Constable Bryan MacKie said: “During each incident, those responsible entered the perimeters of the substations and stole electrical components, some of which were connected to live wiring of high voltage.

“This had the potential to cause serious injury or even death and we are keen to hear from anyone who can help us identify the individuals who carried out these offences.”

Guy Jefferson, distribution network director at SP Energy Networks, said: “The recent thefts are deplorable. The criminals are showing a total disregard for the safety of the public. They are all too aware that their actions can cause power cuts and, in the worst cases, can even result in house fires.

“The gangs are also taking huge risks with their own lives. One wrong move in the vicinity of 11,000 volts of electricity can result in instant death.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.