Copper wire theft is a growing problem in the Las Vegas area

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — Copper wire theft is a problem for several Las Vegas-area agencies.

David Swallow, deputy chief executive of the RTC, said his agency and others were considering design changes to better protect transport facilities and deter future theft.

“Since March 2021, the FAST maintenance team has spent 964 man-hours on vandalism repairs to our network and traffic management communications equipment. The most frequently affected areas are I-515 between Boulder Highway and Eastern and I-15 between Spring Mountain and Oakey,” Swallow said.

A Clark County spokesperson said they are currently repairing 49 locations in the Valley where cable thefts have occurred.

On the County fix it app, residents reported dark streetlights where the wire theft took place. A public works officer will respond with the statement in part:

“The area has been added to our thread replacement list. Please keep in mind that we have a backlog and limited staff at this time, so there is no estimated time for repairs. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Thieves aren’t just targeting streetlights or highways, but streetlights all the way to Wetlands Park.

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