Copper Thieves Risk Lives for Cables

Copper cables worth over 250 thousand dollars have been stolen from railways along Sweden's west coast since the beginning of the year.

Just last weekend a 300m long cable was stolen in the village of Horred, according to news agency TT.

Anders Hedlund, from Sweden's Swedish Transport Administration, tells local Hallands Nyheter newspaper that the thieves are risking their own lives when they steal the cables, many of which are live and carry around 16 thousands volts of electricity, more than enough to cause a fatal shock.

The Transport Adminstration has considering switching the copper cables for less attractive aluminium cables, but they would need to be even thicker to carry the current, TT reports.

Thieves that steal the copper cables usually sell them on the black market, where the metal is in demand.