MidAmerican begins wire theft effort

DES MOINES – Mid-American Energy Co. said it has launched a program designed to combat copper wire theft in the Fort Dodge area.

To deter thieves from cutting perimeter fencing at its facilities and stealing copper grounding wire, every MidAmerican Energy substation in the area has painted the wire a bright yellow color. Metal recyclers are being asked to contact local law enforcement immediately if they suspect an unauthorized attempt to sell the yellow-painted copper wire.

According to David Hempen, manager of business continuity and security investigations. “The bright yellow color will help recyclers and law enforcement officials quickly and easily identify copper wire that belongs to MidAmerican Energy.”