Telkom: Ten steps to stop copper thieves

2013-04-22 00:00

THE Witness asked Telkom how it was responding to cable theft in Pietermaritz-burg.

It replied:

n A special operations unit has been seconded to the area;

n More security teams have been deployed to the city, with regular patrols in the cable theft hot-spot areas;

n Telkom has started sealing manhole lids to prevent access to underground cables.

Telkom said other interventions were:

n Working with the police to root out unscrupulous second-hand goods dealers;

n Installing alarms on critical and sensitive cable routes, with 24-hour surveillance and armed response teams in place;

n Using wireless technologies as alternatives to copper;

n Assessing vulnerable aerial cable routes and, where feasible, burying them;

n Encasing vulnerable main cables in concrete;

n Replacing wooden poles with reinforced concrete poles;

n Working with the non-ferrous theft combating committee under the auspices of Business against Crime and the police, to find ways of protecting the cable network.

• Telkom has launched a national campaign to raise awareness of the company’s toll-free crime line (0800 124 000), saying the co-operation and support of all communities are vital in stamping out cable theft.

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