A Tip For Copper Theft Prevention On Wireless Sites
Copper theft has been rampant at wireless sites, often causing thousands in damages for a few dollars gain to the thief.
Here’s a low tech solution to protecting copper grounding conductors. I noticed this unique approach at one North Carolina cell site.
Apparently frustrated at losing copper, the cell tech replaced the all the #2 grounding conductors with new ones. They were slid first into ½” EMT conduit, and a crimping tool was applied every foot or so. This made the copper virtually impossible to pull out, even if the protected conductor was cut away. Silicone caulk was squeezed into the open conduit end to keep out water. It doesn’t look pretty, but sure will discourage the bad guys! Who says innovation is dead?
Copper Resource: https://lbagroup.com/products/copper-wire-and-copper-grounding