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Anti cable theft methods.

Postby squizzy » Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:53 am

We are having a a shocking run of cable theft at the moment even though its a $10000 on the spot fine, any cable either Ali or copper gets pulled up and cut off. Coils left nailed up poles have been hacked of with axes and some pr!ck keeps going around cutting about 6 feet of earth off all the down earths between ground level and head hieght. What our contractors are doing now is burrying cable once its been run which can be a pain in the a$$ to dig up. Had one clown burry a 185 HV cable in the trench he dug with a back hoe a normal person would have 3/4 filled in the hole laid the cable flat then put a bit of soil over the top no this guy burried it straight up and down :x
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Postby nigel newton » Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:18 pm

we have the same problem with vanishing cables, we've been laying a 33kv cable across town and if we have to leave anything uncovered over night we pay a security guard to babysit.
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Postby squizzy » Tue Dec 25, 2007 3:24 am

I have asked that but the powers that be say we have so many cables in the ground its not feasible so its bury and leave ah well I am getting better at straight joints with all the practice....
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Postby bigclive » Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:13 am

The temptation might be to use an electric fence energiser to make all the cable "hot" but in a safe manner. These units can run on batteries and pulse the connected run at up to 10kV with low energy so that you get a zap but not anything fatal.

Then the cable could be legitimately marked as "LIVE!".

If large drums are going missing then it might even be worth investing in a GPS tracker that you can call into like a mobile and it sends it's current co-ordinates. It could be tucked inside the hub of a drum.
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Postby bigclive » Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:14 am

Oh yeah... And let the scrap dealers know that THEY will face a hefty fine if they accept cable that is obviously stolen.
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Postby squizzy » Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:38 pm

The scrap dealers have been told but its so hard to prove and its quite posibly them that are doing it. It can be dangerous as well as we had a cable that was tested the previous day and when we pulled it up I noticed one of the phases had a deep hack saw cut in it and they left it as it was Aluminium. The utility guys went to a cable fault and the was a Ring Main Unit on fire, the fire was limited to the front section where there was a pair of cable cutters in one of the phases. The clown opened the RMU up swithed off the cables but that only turned off the outgoing lol so when he cut them the 22kV got nasty and the police had an easy job just ring arounf the hospitals and find the guy with electrical burns the guys said they could follow his trail to his car with the bits of burnt clothes......nasty
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theft of copper

Postby robo1 » Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:39 am

yeah thats happening heaps around the country like you say using all the dirty tricks
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Postby otdrmn » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:05 pm

There has been huge amounts around the Akld area, mostly earthbanks where they come from the gound up the pole to a star point being flogged.
Even had the ones we've replaced go within a few days.
Massive money in scrap on todays market, lets hope they catch the buggers!!!!!!!!!
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Postby chris » Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:28 pm

Not good anyone cutting away earthbanks should be lined up and shot. Chances are the W@#%ers know the risks to public and just dont care.You can only hope its not lineys,our guys caught some doing it up North once and got the cops middle of the day on busy road cheeky buggers.
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Postby bigclive » Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:50 am

Maybe the politicians would take notice of the theft and introduce new legislation if their power was interrupted for a long period due to "theft of cable".

For those caught stealing cable... Maybe permanent disconnection from mains power would help them appreciate their actions as they sat in their dark houses.
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