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LIME reconnects St. Ann customers following repeat cable theft

LIME | 2013-10-01 00:00:00

Following the restoration of service to customers in Seville Heights and Priory, St. Ann on Saturday due to repeat incidents of cable theft, telecommunications firm, LIME, is welcoming increased vigilance by the Police that will, hopefully, bring an end to the problem.

LIME is also reminding the public to report suspicious activity around its telecommunications infrastructure to 922 HELP (4357) or call the Police at 119.

Speaking shortly after restoring fixed line and Internet service to the 538 affected customers on Saturday, LIME’s Corporate Communications Manager, Elon Parkinson, said, “We are encouraged by the commitment we have received from the residents to be even more on the lookout for suspicious activity that may affect the service we deliver. We are also pleased that the St. Ann Police will be taking a more ‘laser-like’ focus towards tackling the problem of cable theft in the parish.”

Deputy Superintendent for St. Ann, Gary Francis, identified the problem as a growing concern and gave assurance that the police will continue their investigations while stepping up patrols along the Priory main which he considers a “hotspot” as telephone cables have been stolen there 6 times over the past 3 years.

DSP Francis said, “We want to reassure LIME, as a corporate citizen, and its customers, that the Police are in support of the enabling factors for life and recognize how the lack of communication can make a difference in an emergency.”

As a result of the repeat theft, LIME spent another 2 million dollars to restore services shortly before midday on Saturday; this, after spending a similar amount to reconnect customers at the same location a week before.

Since 2000 to date LIME has lost over J$300 million to scrap metal theft.

LIME CEO, Garfield Sinclair has been reported as saying, “The authorities will have to take a much more targeted approach to tackling and eliminating this problem once and for all. We can no longer afford the huge financial losses and damage to the reliability of our service as a result of this criminal activity. I am calling on the Government to act.” 

Telephone cables are stolen mainly for their copper content which is usually sold into the underground scrap metal export market.

LIME says it has been responding to increased incidents of copper cable theft in recent times despite restrictions on the export of copper implemented earlier this year.


Posted By :Camille Taylor

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