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Posted on Mar 11, 2016

Grant PUD, sheriff urge people to report suspicious activity

Staff report

Grant PUD last week issued a press release, urging residents to report any suspicious activity they may see around its electric system, including substations, transformers and hydroelectric facilities.
Grant PUD maintains more than 4,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines, 53 substations and nearly 60,000 transmission and distribution structures, according to the PUD.
To protect assets like these and ensure the availability of reliable energy, the utility needs its customers and the public to report any suspicious activity people may observe and to stay alert to potential threats to the electric system, the press release states.
“We have an incredible investment in our local electric system in this county and we all benefit by protecting it,” Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said in the press release. “Reporting metal theft or potential suspicious activity allows the PUD to protect critical infrastructure.”
What should people be watching for?
Watch for anyone other than Grant PUD employees who may be recording, monitoring, taking notes or using cameras or binoculars with long-range lenses near electric system facilities, and unmarked vehicles parked near these facilities.
If reporting suspicious activity, or a suspicious person, the following information is helpful to law enforcement officials:
A brief description of the activity.
The date, time and location.
Any physical identifiers you observed.
A description of vehicles and license plate numbers.
Information, if possible, about direction traveled by the people engaged in the suspicious activity.
Report a non-emergency, call the Multi-Agency Communications Center dispatch for Grant County at 762-1160. Or dial 9-1-1 in the case of a crime in progress.

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