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Crime Watch Program

We need your help to keep energy flowing and electricity prices low.

What is WAPA

WAPA is a federal power marketing agency providing consumers with power indirectly. We deliver bulk wholesale transmission to local utilities. Your electric company gets power from wholesale suppliers such as WAPA and delivers it to consumers. WAPA’s employees work around the clock to keep power moving through the interconnected transmission system so that electricity ultimately reaches your home or business.

To keep this power flowing, we have more than 17,000 miles of transmission lines and 255 substations across the West and central United States. Our facilities are usually in fairly secluded areas, making them vulnerable to vandalism and theft. That’s why we need your help.

Reporting a crime

​If you observe a crime being committed against WAPA, report the matter by calling toll-free at 1-800-209-8962 or complete the form on this web site. WAPA offers a cash reward up to $1,000 for information or evidence leading to arrests and prosecution of anyone causing damage to WAPA’s facilities, property or staff. Witness identities are kept strictly confidential.

Call toll-free 1-800-209-8962 or fill out the form on this website, to report theft, vandalism, waste dumping, fraud and abuse or physical harm to WAPA staff.

For more information, about WAPA’s Crime Witness Program, call the Security Office at 720-962-7297.

What to report

​WAPA needs your help in fighting crime at its facilities. Report theft, vandalism, waste, fraud and abuse by calling toll-free 1-800-209-8962.

Be WAPA's eyes. Be a crime witness.

Incidents of theft, malicious mischief, destruction of government property and sabotage have increased at WAPA and in the utility industry. Historically, crimes against WAPA’s facilities, equipment, real estate, employees, property and assets have cost the agency up to half a million dollars a year. This includes equipment and supply theft, burglary, illegal dumping and vandalism.

Damaging WAPA transmission lines and property is a crime. It’s a crime that affects us all. Gunshot damage to transmission lines can also create life-threatening hazards if the action downs a conductor or denies power to someone on life-support equipment. Downed transmission lines can also start wild fires and kill or injure someone.

Call toll-free 1-800-209-8962 if you see anyone:

  • Shooting at WAPA’s insulators, power lines, transmission towers or substation equipment

  • Dumping waste or other materials on WAPA’s property

  • Vandalizing WAPA’s property, buildings and vehicles

  • Stealing WAPA equipment, supplies, tools or materials

  • Harming WAPA staff 


Western Area Power Administration

P.O. Box 281213
Lakewood, CO 80228-1213
Fax: 720-962-7300

Page Last Updated: 2/1/2021 11:47 AM