Have them taped!
Electric cable theft costs the South African economy billions…in rand, in power interruptions, in faulty telecommunications, in train delays – causing frustration, mayhem and disaster. Identifying cable ownership is important in securing convictions of cable thieves.
(Pic shows CBid tape still intact within the conductor after a fire and legible for identification.)
Easily removable CBiD tape embedded in cable conductors is an initiative that allows for four potential prosecution options:
- Possession of stolen goods: rightful ownership can be identified with certainty.
- A piece of stolen cable can be related to a specific crime scene.
- The Second Hand Goods Act, Clause 21 requires a dealer to keep a record of serial numbers.
- Clause 22 requires the dealer to report any attempt made to damage the marking. Melted tape remains as evidence.
- Copper to the total value of R259 M was stolen in 2010.
- Cable can be marked in many ways as a means of discouraging theft.
- CBiD is a viable, effective means of ensuring that cable is less likely to be stolen and that rightful ownership can be confirmed.
We have them taped: 10 million metres ahead in cable theft prevention
By K Leeburn, CBI-electric: African Cables,
Electricity+Control: June 2011 (pgs 4 – 6)