Copper cable theft is more prevalent than we think. Just doing a Google search on “copper cable theft australia” returns a multitude of results, showing just how dangerous and costly it can get for all involved, which is why, anti-theft conductors is a highly recommended solution to consider when specifying conductors in engineering designs.
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ERICO has a number of some anti-theft conductors that can alleviate copper theft and prevent costly replacements, downtime, but most of all, prevent hazardous risks. Below are 2 range of products that ERICO offers in terms of anti-theft conductors.
Theft-deterrent composite cables are conductors that function as copper conductors, but appear to be non-copper conductors and are difficult to cut and steal. These conductors are ideal for exposed electrical distribution grounding leads where copper theft may occur. Theft deterrent conductors are difficult to cut with hand tools and the outer steel stranding is magnetic, which further deters thieves looking for copper.
Theft-deterrent cables conductors are either bare or insulated concentric stranded conductors that consist of outer galvanized steel strands that protect and conceal internal tinned copper strands.
The insulated conductors are well suited for power and grounding connections to rail tracks. Smaller diameter conductors such as a #4 AWG equivalent are ideal for transmission tower, distribution pole and streetlight grounding applications. Larger sizes such as the conductor equivalents to either 2/0 or 4/0 copper conductors are suitable for a wide range of grounding applications.
When specifying conductors, it is worthwhile to consider the various anti-theft conductors to prevent theft. As mentioned, the cost of replacement and downtime is expensive. The hazardous risk it presents to employees after the theft can be fatal. For technical support on specifying the right conductors, please feel free to contact us today.