From correspondents in Strasbourg September 15, 2006 05:11am Article from: Reuters
RESIDENTS of two villages in eastern France could make no phone calls today after 550 metres of copper cables were stolen, a day after copper thieves disrupted train traffic in the west.
Theft of the metal has become increasingly common in France as thieves try to cash in on soaring copper prices, which have more than doubled in the past year.
The thieves took more than a tonne of copper cables left lying on the ground awaiting use in repairs, operator France Telecom said, adding they had caused tens of thousands of euro's damage.
Phone services in the Oltingue and Wolschwiller villages should be restored by tomorrow, the operator said.
Yesterday criminals stole copper cables used for railway signalling, disrupting high-speed train services between the south-western city of Bordeaux and Paris. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,20415922-1702,00.html
I read of some similar occurances in Western Canada too.
It's unlikely someone would try and take down a >10kV powerline though
The simplest sollution to that is for the telco to absolutely go after the theif to the level that they not only press criminal but also civil charges against them for the loss of income, dirsuption, costs etc etc. It'd make people think twice about doing something so ridiculous.
In the case of the railway signalling cables, those responsible could be charged with far more serious offences as it endangers life! (potentially)
It must be very hard to explain where you got 1 tonne of outdoor telephone line though!!
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#146037 - 09/18/0611:07 AMRe: Villages speechless after phone cable theft
Near where I live, there are some power lines on wooden poles, I think they are 33kv. The local hoodlum regularly throw weighted rope over them and one or 2 lines breaks. I would hesitate to touch the end but ill bet that someone will try to steal cable this way.
18 months ago, we had some 500mm transformer tails stolen. At the time we werent bothered about the cable but we had made off the ends and couldnt get new ends at the weekend. (you can tell Im not an electrician - techincal terms!)
I took my time, I hurried up, The choice was mine, I didn't think enough
#146039 - 09/19/0609:34 PMRe: Villages speechless after phone cable theft