TEP, FBI Request Public Help in Stopping Power Line Vandals

Sep 26, 2018
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Power line vandalism has become a growing concern in recent years, posing serious threats to public safety, infrastructure integrity, and causing significant financial losses. In response to this alarming trend, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have announced a joint effort to seek public assistance in identifying and apprehending the responsible individuals.

The Impact of Power Line Vandalism:

Power line vandalism entails the intentional damage or destruction of electrical infrastructure, including transmission towers, transformers, power cables, and other essential components. The consequences of such acts can be severe and wide-ranging:

  • 1. Public Safety: Damaged power lines can result in electrical outages, posing risks to public safety and health. It can lead to accidents, fires, and disrupt essential services such as hospitals and emergency response systems.
  • 2. Financial Losses: Power outages caused by vandalism can result in substantial financial losses for both businesses and households. Repairing the damage and restoring electricity can be a costly and time-consuming process.
  • 3. Environmental Impact: Vandalized power lines can also have a negative impact on the surrounding environment. Oil spills from damaged transformers, for example, can contaminate soil and water sources, posing environmental hazards.

The Role of TEP and the FBI:

Tucson Electric Power, a leading provider of electricity in the region, has partnered with the FBI to combat power line vandalism. By joining forces, they aim to increase awareness, gather information, and seek assistance from the public in identifying individuals involved in these criminal acts.

How You Can Help:

As a concerned citizen, you play a crucial role in combating power line vandalism. Here are ways you can contribute:

  1. Report Suspicious Activity: If you witness any suspicious activity near power lines, such as individuals trespassing, tampering with equipment, or exhibiting unusual behavior, report it to TEP or contact your local law enforcement agency. Your information could be vital in preventing further damage.
  2. Stay Informed: Stay up to date with the latest information on power line vandalism. Follow TEP's official communication channels, such as their website and social media platforms, to stay informed about ongoing investigations, important safety measures, and developments in preventing such incidents.
  3. Spread the Word: Help raise awareness about power line vandalism by sharing relevant information with friends, family, and your community. By educating others about the risks and consequences, we can work together to safeguard our electricity infrastructure.


Power line vandalism is a serious crime that poses significant threats to public safety and infrastructure. Through joint efforts between TEP and the FBI, we can stand united against these criminal acts. As loyal customers of Barrett Propane Prescott, we encourage you to actively engage in the cause and assist in preventing power line vandalism. Together, we can make a difference and protect our community.

Justin Hughes
Let's all be vigilant! Together, we can catch these vandals and ensure public safety! 🚨🔎💪
Nov 12, 2023
Jessica Halper
This is a crucial initiative to ensure public safety and protect our infrastructure. Let's all work together to catch these vandals! 👮‍♀️🔍💪
Oct 4, 2023