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Lock It Up: Protect Yourself from Water Theft

By Lindsay Wochnick

It may seem like an obscure crime, but every year the Portland Water Bureau receives calls from customers who report people stealing water from unsuspecting homeowners. Thieves simply help themselves to unlocked hose bibs. Squatters living in vacant properties are frequent culprits.  And sadly, senior citizens are often the targets for this crime.   

The Water Bureau encourages our customers to take a moment to share this information with your neighbors, family and friends.

Did you know that you can protect yourself from water theft by securing your outdoor hose bibs? 

Hose bib locks are designed to secure a faucet from unauthorized tampering and water theft. Many locks fit three-quarter inch (¾”) garden hose thread faucets and are perfect for securing vacant homes, winterizing, or any time you want to have full control of water use from your hose bib.

Hose bib locks are small, inexpensive, easy to install and can be found at most local home improvement stores, as well as for purchase online. Here are a few examples:

A hose lock prevents unwanted water use. 

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