Police warn against cable theft

2017-10-18 06:01
Various types of stolen and exposed cables.PHOTO: Kalisha naicker

Various types of stolen and exposed cables.PHOTO: Kalisha naicker

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A STERN message has been sent to the public not to steal electricity.

Captain Linzi Smith, SAPS communications officer said that police have taken a zero tolerance approach to illegal electricity connections and those with illegal connections will be charged or imprisoned.

“Illegal electricity connections are against the law. It is theft, and perpetrators will be charged.”

“We are also appealing to residents to provide us with information so that the individual conducting such power connections will be apprehended.”

Smith said the community also needs to be educated as to the legality and danger of using illegal electricity.

“There are many people who are charging lots of money to connect electricity illegally and live wires are left exposed, which could be disastrous.

“Police are aiming to crack down on this crime.”

Smith added that the dealers who buy
stolen cables and copper will also be prosecuted.

“Thieves are very good when it comes to cutting copper into smaller pieces and selling them at different places,” she said.

“Once the metal is cut we cannot identify where it came from and this makes finding the suspect very difficult.”

She said the public need to report this crime to the police.

“Support your local SAPS and CPF and attend your local CPF meetings if you can and network the information that you, as a community, have with the SAPS.”

Smith added that if one can’t actively participate then at least be on the lookout for strangers in the area or suspicious behaviour.

“Residents do not need to leave the safety of their home, or place themselves in danger, just report this suspicious behaviour to your community watch and SAPS,” he added.

“Mark your property so that if it is stolen, to ensure a successful conviction, you will need to prove you are the legal owner.”

She urged residents to use asbestos pipes instead of copper.

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