Police are asking residents to be vigilant following thefts of copper cable from electricity substations in Mid Sussex.
There were 13 reports over three days last week and nearly 30 this year in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath.
The thefts have happened overnight and been discovered by workmen who have been called to faults.
PC Nicky Thompson said: “Thieves are risking their lives in entering these substations to steal the cable, causing disruption to local residents’s energy supplies. The cost of the copper is not expensive but the cost of repair to each of the substations is about £800.
“I would urge anyone who sees any suspicious activity especially at smaller substations or green boxes at the roadside or in people’s back gardens to contact us urgently on 101. No particular vehicles have been highlighted but it is thought that a van or flat bed lorry would have been used.
“Anyone who has information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Police are not linking the thefts to homes in Balcombe and Haywards Heath. On 11 March copper piping was taken from a house being built in Summerhill Close and a metal sink was taken from a house being renovated in Balcombe.
Anyone who saw suspicious activity is urged to contact police on 101.
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