Archives for November 2012

Peninsula Light Company June 2012 newsletter concerning Copper Thefts

Thefts of copper, bronze, and aluminum are on the rise at abandoned commercial buildings, empty homes and—most dangerously—at power substations near neighborhoods.

Peninsula Light Company (PLC), needs your help to keeping their equipment safe, to prevent outages and save lives.

Copper now sells for about five times the amount it went for in 2001. PLC uses copper to ground our equipment, protecting it from electrical surges and lightning by giving electricity a safe path to ground.

This year the WA State legislators passed HB 2570 to combat metal theft. The bill includes a specification that it is first-degree theft to take metal wire from a utility, including a “consumer-owned utility,” if the resulting property damage is at least $5,000. It will be second-degree theft if damages run between $750 and $4,999.

To protect the public, PLC has surrounded their substations with secure fencing, has posted warning signs and implemented other security measures. If you notice anything unusual, such as an open substation gate, open equipment or hanging wire, call PenLight immediately at (253) 857-5950. If you see anyone other than our utility personnel or contractors around substations or other electric facilities, call Law Enforcement.

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CenturyLink Takes Copper Theft Seriously

Due to the increase in copper prices and theft of copper, CenturyLink is working with federal, state and local elected officials to discourage these thefts by establishing or strengthening metal theft laws to give the police more power to deal with these crimes.

CenturyLink needs your help to stop metal theft.

Be aware of the signs of copper theft, which include stockpiled wires and cables, burnt cable indicating that the insulation has been melted off, painted black ladders that can blend in at night and large amounts of cut cable near non-branded vehicles. Should you witnesses this type of suspicious activity, CenturyLink urges you to report it to local authorities immediately.

 

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Federal and local authorities executed warrants targeting counterfeit merchandise.

Orange County, Homeland Security Investigations seized more than $200,000 worth of goods, working with police in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, along with other agencies, targeting retailers suspected of selling fake goods, according to a statement issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

 

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Copper theft arrests lead to other stolen goods

An investigation into a $500,000 copper heist leads to the seizure of two semi-trailers. Organized theft of copper, across the United States continues to be on the increase.

 

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Copper theft on a grand scale.

U.S. border enforcement agents and the Arizona Department of Public Safety said Tuesday that an investigation into the September theft of copper from a mining facility in Hayden, Ariz., has led to the recovery at the Port of Los Angeles of 144 tons of stolen copper ingots about to be shipped to China. This case clearly involves organized crime and illustrates the types of theft, transportation, and shipping, organizations set up to further their criminal enterprise.

 

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Exploring Human Trafficking, two-day conference, University of Washington

The University of Washington (UW) Women’s Center, UW School of Law, and Seattle University School of Law are hosting a two-day conference to examine the root causes of the human trafficking industry and develop strategies to work towards not only preventing, but also eradicating the trade.  The program will expand the discourse around the issue to encompass the true scope of the problem, including the many forms of forced labor, and it seeks to connect the dots between the push-pull levers of the industry.

 

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United States-Myanmar Joint Plan on Fighting Trafficking in Persons

The Governments of the Union of Myanmar and the United States; affirming their commitment to the global effort to combat human trafficking, a modern form of slavery that afflicts both of our nations; recognizing the requirements and provisions of the UN Protocol to Suppress, Punish, and Prevent Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the 2000 UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime; acknowledging the progress made by the Government of Myanmar in addressing sex trafficking and forced labor over the last two years.

Nursing home fined for inadequately protecting employees from workplace violence

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is cracking down on employers that are not doing enough to protect their employees from workplace violence as a Fairfield, Ohio, nursing home recently learned.

ResCare Inc., which has a residential care facility in Fairfield called Camelot Lake, was fined $8,700 last month by OSHA for exposing its employees to workplace violence. OSHA’s investigative report on the nursing facility found it wasn’t sufficiently protecting employees from potentially violent residents and situations that could lead to serious injury.

 

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