Woman says homeless are stealing power from her apartment complex

Posted at 6:13 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 21:13:14-04

CITY HEIGHTS, Calif. (KGTV) - A woman in City Heights said she discovered a power cord connected to her building’s utility box, leading into nearby Swan Canyon.

After pulling it up, she said it was connected to a power strip and phone charger. She suspects it was being used by homeless people who live in the canyon.

The woman did not want to be identified, saying the transients in the area have been aggressive at defending their campsites. She’s worried about the safety of her and her young children, who often like to walk on the trails.

She believes the cord wasn’t there for more than a day, though she claims neighbors have also sighted people using the outlet to charge phones.

She said she’s worried less about her electricity bill than the potential for the haphazard wiring to spark fires in the dry open space.

Her husband, who works for the property manager, put a new lock on the utility closet though she suspects it won’t last long. It’s been ripped open before.

She said they’ve reached out to SDG&E and have reported the issues to the city on the “Get it done” app.