Cable thieves WARNED

2017-03-09 06:00
PHOTO: sourcedCopper cable theft is a serious problem on the lower South Coast.

PHOTO: sourcedCopper cable theft is a serious problem on the lower South Coast.

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CABLE theft is one of the biggest and most escalating crimes nationwide and in the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, the rate of cable theft has increased enormously, especially in the areas of Marburg, Port Shepstone and Gamalakhe.

In Port Shepstone and Marburg, this has resulted in power outages and the non-functioning or dysfunctionality of traffic lights in recent times.

In the Gamalakhe area, the community frequently wakes up to flooding backyards as copper taps are being stolen at night.

At a media briefing held by the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, it was said that the Merlewood traffic lights on the N2 are the latest to be affected, and that within a period of a month there have been more than four incidents of theft in the area.

“The Port Shepstone area, mainly on Berea Road, has also been affected, with three incidents in three days.

“The municipality would like to call for co-operation from the community to serve as eyes and ears for the law-enforcement agencies to fight against this criminal activity which does not only put the lives of road users at risk but also affects the purse of the municipality,” said municipal spokesperson Simon April.

April said there has been a concerted effort to address the escalating incidents with affected stakeholders, with law-enforcement agencies and businesses working together. .

“Patrols by enforcement agencies will be intensified mainly in the affected areas,” he said.

April added that further measures will include businesses and other security measures such as the installation of alarm systems, motion detectors and security lighting where necessary.

The municipality would like to call upon the community to join forces with all stakeholders and report incidents as they happen.

Report such incidents to the protection services at 039 682 5555.

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