If you’re a contractor building EV charging stations, consider hardening the structures to prevent copper theft. These charging stations contain valuable copper and are often placed in open areas without protective enclosures, making them prime targets for thieves. Copper theft is dangerous as the charging stations have high voltages, and the thieves risk electrocution. The clever thieves may know how to steal the copper without getting electrocuted, but the less intelligent ones are at risk of Darwin’s law. It’s important to recommend to your clients that they have the structures and pedestals hardened to avoid future repairs or rebuilding.
Copper theft is on the rise due to the increase in the number of EV charging stations installed in less conspicuous areas that are more vulnerable to crime, damage, and even vandalism. As a contractor, you should consider the security aspect of the design, layout, and placement of these structures for your client.