Commercial Electrical

Stratton Meadows Elementary- Transformer Replacement

Case Study #21


Our client brought us in to replace a transformer that was in the basement of a Stratton Meadows Elementary, due to theft.  The school experienced  a break-in, where the criminals had pulled out copper from the transformer to sell for scrap.  


This client  utilized our services to help procure, install, and hook all the power back up to the new transformer unit. 


A new transformer for uninterrupted power. 

The Necessity and Nuances of Replacing a Transformer Due to Copper Theft: 

Transformer theft for copper is a pervasive issue affecting utility companies, municipalities, and businesses worldwide. The theft of copper from transformers not only leads to financial losses but also poses significant safety risks to communities. In this blog post, we will delve into the impact of transformer theft, the process of replacing a transformer, and the measures that can be taken to prevent future theft incidents.

The Impact of Transformer Theft:

Transformers play a critical role in electricity distribution, converting high-voltage electricity into lower voltage levels suitable for use in homes, businesses, and public infrastructure. When thieves target transformers for their copper components, they disrupt power supply, causing outages that inconvenience residents and businesses. These outages can have far-reaching consequences, ranging from financial losses for affected enterprises to compromised safety in residential areas.

Replacing a Transformer:

The theft of copper from a transformer necessitates prompt replacement to restore normal electricity supply and maintain the integrity of the electrical grid. The process of replacing a transformer involves several key steps:

1. Assessment and Evaluation:

The first step in replacing a stolen transformer is to assess the extent of the damage and determine the specifications of the replacement unit needed. This evaluation includes considering the transformer’s capacity, voltage rating, and compatibility with the existing electrical infrastructure.

2. Procurement of a New Transformer:

Once the assessment is complete, the next step is to procure a new transformer that meets the required specifications. Utility companies often work with manufacturers or suppliers to source the appropriate replacement transformer in a timely manner.

3. Installation and Commissioning:

After acquiring the new transformer, trained technicians carry out the installation process. This involves safely connecting the transformer to the electrical system, testing its functionality, and commissioning it to ensure seamless operation.

4. Testing and Quality Assurance:

Following installation, rigorous testing procedures are conducted to verify that the new transformer functions correctly and complies with industry standards. Quality assurance checks are performed to guarantee the transformer’s reliability and efficiency.

Preventing Future Copper Theft:

To mitigate the risk of future transformer theft incidents, proactive measures can be implemented:

1. Security Enhancements:

Installing physical security measures such as fencing, locks, and surveillance cameras around transformer sites can deter potential thieves. Additionally, employing alarm systems that trigger alerts in case of unauthorized access enhances security.

2. Tamper-Proofing Techniques:

Implementing tamper-proofing techniques, such as securing access panels with specialized fasteners or applying anti-theft coatings on copper components, can make transformers less attractive targets for thieves.

3. Community Awareness and Reporting:

Educating the community about the impacts of transformer theft and encouraging vigilant reporting of suspicious activities near transformer sites can aid in preventing future incidents. Establishing neighborhood watch programs or involving local authorities in patrolling vulnerable areas can enhance security.


The theft of copper from transformers poses significant challenges for utility providers and communities alike. Promptly replacing stolen transformers and implementing preventive measures are essential steps in safeguarding the integrity of the electrical grid and ensuring uninterrupted power supply. By addressing this issue through a combination of replacement strategies and security enhancements, we can work towards reducing the prevalence of transformer theft and its associated consequences.