Around where I live in North Florida, they are stealing A/C outside units and selling the copper. New construction was being hit hard before 2009.
One of many of The signs we are headed for third world status.
Smoke’em if you got ‘em...
This will end up being a net loss for the city when a scrapper fries and the heirs collect a large settlement.
More than one instance in the Atlanta area of people trying to buy foreclosed homes and upon inspection finding wallboard and floorboard ripped out and all copper wiring and copper plumbing gone.
Typical. The politicians in Sacramento impose endless “green” regulations on the people of their state. And then the city politicians decide to leave the street lights on all day, sucking up dirty power.
What say you, California Gaia worshippers? Should this be allowed?
I hate to be a buzz-kill here, but streetlights always have power available to them, and utilize a light sensing switch to turn them on or off.
If you cut into the right wire on a streetlight whose bulb is “off”, (meaning it is not illuminated at the moment...) you stand a very good chance of getting fried.
So its come to this?
Is this a product of the dying economy, or something else?
I have never seen a streetlight that was not operated by a photocell and if it is operated by a photocell the power is on to the photocell 24/7 and the photocell acts as the switch to turn on the ballast and bulb. all three of these parts are usually integral parts of the light fixture. so the power is on at all times to the fixture. did they remove the photocell and jump the socket it occupies to keep the light on? that would be dumb as hell.
A lot of these idiots have died trying to steal from power stations and such.
OK' these people cannot be this stupid.
Street lights have photocells sensors to turn then on or off. The power is always on to them.
I can understand turning off the sensors to leave them on 24/7 to "fool" the thieves into thinking they are juiced
They have their own power plant and lighting department. They refuse to let Detroit Edison do the job.
Algore’s gonna be mad. I bet they’re not even buying the proper carbon offsets.