Grand larceny

2008-09-15 00:00

Infrastructural theft is reaching epidemic proportions. Recently a section of local railway line was removed. Last week a Woodlands couple woke in the early hours to witness a man audaciously sawing down an electricity pole to steal 10 metres of cable. The old joke that suggested that if something was not nailed down it would be stolen is no longer valid, nor indeed at all amusing.

The second incident was reported while in progress, but the police failed to arrive until well after the thief had made off with his loot. Crime can only be defeated by an effective partnership between alert members of the public, the police and municipal security. There can be no weak links.

Theft is taking place on a scale that threatens basic community wellbeing. Added to service delivery failure, it provides extra incentive for everyone, particularly the authorities, to redouble their alertness and effort.

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