A Fact Finders warning tonight for electricians. Your company vehicle may be a target for thieves stealing wire and tools. Mike The theft doesn't just happen after work but also on the job.
Oak Hills Electric owner Dave Ficke shows how a fast moving thief went wire to wire. Ficke says, "They just grab them and took them to their truck." Dave says when the theft happened came as surprise. " I’m very shocked that they did it in the middle of the day and the truck was parked in the customer's driveway."
Police reports show a surge in thefts from electrical company vans, most when taken home overnight. Altogether 41 spools of wire stolen from ten vehicles. In Dave's case the thief not only took six reels of wire but an expensive tool kit worth about 600 dollars.
Oak Hills Electric will install alarms on all company vehicles. Jones Automotive installer Joel Brown says a kit includes door pressure pins. Brown says, " The system needs to be armed of course then once you open up the door a circuit is broken which would trigger the alarm system."
Oak Hills owner says a customer spotted someone in the van and alerted the electrician working in the house but a heavy set thief got away. Dave Ficke says, "I instructed my guys from now on make sure that the trucks are locked."
Locked doors and alarms will hopefully send wire thieves reeling.
Fact finders added up losses in recent thefts from electrical company vehicles across the city. Nearly one mile of wire with an estimated total value of ten thousand dollars. A large variety of tools for electrical work also stolen.