So many angles on this one so I went with this from Friday’s day out… Here’s a mobile advertisement hoarding warning those with criminal intent that they are being watched. Cable theft is a major issue in the UK due to the high price of copper. The railways and the telecommunications industry are especially at risk from cable thieves. I witnessed and photographed a theft in progress myself a couple of years back but at the time it looked like a regular contractor carrying out a recovery in an unsafe manner – ie the thieves were actually working for a licensed contractor and thus appeared to legitimate. So I went through the health and safety channels. The alarm was raised around lunchtime the same day and the persons involved were confronted in their company office. But somehow their employer contrived to allow them to leave before the Police arrived to arrest them! Makes you wonder about the integrity of some contractors doesn’t it 😦 In Telecoms terms the danger to the public is relatively minor (apart from criminal idiots using grab lorries to drag cable out of the ground within feet of pedestrians!) but on the railway they could easily precipitate a major disaster with lots of deaths. And, the most galling thing about it all…These people are often so stupid that they will grab any piece of cable including fibre optic which has no real value at all yet can take out communications for thousands of premises!
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