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VIDEO BT and UK Police Explain the Problem of Telecoms Cable Theft

Saturday, July 6th, 2013 (1:47 am) - Score 1,671

BT has teamed up with the police to release a well-polished video that is intended to help raise awareness and educate younger people about how much damage the theft of their vital copper telecoms cable can do, not just to businesses but also to ordinary people.

The short video, which was produced in association with West Midlands, Warwickshire, West Mercia and Staffordshire police forces, and with electricity supply company Western Power Distribution, explains how “everybody relies on the metal contained in BT’s cables for phone and broadband connections” (well.. not quite everybody). It also re-iterates how metal theft can cost the UK around £770m a year.

Simon Davies, BTOpenreachs General Manager, said:

Imagine not being able to connect to Facebook or YouTube. Imagine your Xbox not connecting up to your friends for your games. Imagine not being able to go to the corner shop and use your card because the ATM system has gone down.

In fact, even mobile phone signals get carried at some point on BT’s cables. And, not only that, it’s the wider effect on your communities, on the hospitals, on the businesses, on the places where your friends work – all not being able to operate because the cables have been stolen.

Metal theft affects us all – the threat to life, failed communications and rising monthly bills is just a small part of this mindless crime. It’s time that we worked together to prevent the metal in our country’s infrastructure being torn apart.”

Now on to the video..

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4 Responses
  1. Avatar Roberto

    I thought between the pair of them they were going to stop all the theft with their smart dye/water/magic beans stuff.

  2. So why don’t they provide a true fibre service to the home and dig it underground????
    Don’t try and watch the video if you’re on BT’s rural broadband offering — it will be 2017 before you get it….

  3. Avatar telecom engineer

    Broadband are you 12?
    Bt have had plenty of fibres stolen and cut by thieves also. If bt did sprinkle fairy dust and magic up fttp overnight thieves would still steal monument metal, drain covers, electrical cable etc. Its a huge problem. Ive known of engineers who turned up to faults to find the eu dead, its awful to be thinking well could they have called for help if the phone was on.. now imagine a whole town or city goes off the air. You can almost guarantee someone will suffer and maybe even not get help because they have lost contact with the outside (and yes there are plenty of elderly lonely people and disabled or shut-ins who totally rely on their phone to survive). You can get same day response for most of these cases but if the cables are stolen its often days before its fixed even when we catch the theives in the act.
    As for complaining about your rural broadband just switch to cable. And if you cant have a think why. The only reason many rurals even have lines is due to state rollout under the post office, and the same why you have to wait a little while longer for the state to get you higher speed broadband.

  4. Good video… slightly distracted by the very “Brian Butterfield” looking guy at roughly 2 minutes in 😉

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