British Columbia CrimeStoppers has teamed up with the company most affected by metal thefts, Telus, to raise awareness about what citizens can do to combat this crime.
The phone company is in a continual fight to keep service going as thieves try to steal metal wiring or cut into fibre optic cable to see if it's metal.
"Last year, thieves stole live Telus cable 380 times, more than once a day on average. Each time, they cut off people's access to 911, putting their very lives at risk," said Kenneth Haertling, Telus chief security officer. "It has to stop. Raising public awareness of copper theft and how each person can assist is a critical piece of the puzzle. British Columbia Crime Stoppers can help with this public education and encouraging people with information to use its anonymous tip service."
Citizens with information about metal theft can provide secure, anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by logging on to www.bccrimestoppers.com.
Crime Stoppers tipsters are never identified. They never have to provide a name, phone number or email address. They never have to testify in court, and they could receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 upon an arrest and charge.
Metal thieves often try to disguise themselves as legitimate technicians. Thieves may use an unmarked white van, while legitimate Telus vehicles are always well marked.
Thieves may wear a reflective vest to further the illusion that they are legitimate.
Metal thieves work at odd hours. A person working on a power line or on a utility pole at night is not normal practice unless there is an extraordinary situation.
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