Copper theft a growing problem

Copper which is normally stolen and sold for scrap metal, is an aggravating problem for many businesses and residents around Johannesburg South.

At a recent meeting held at Booysens, it was said that there is a large amount of copper theft cases reported for the month June.  Particularly hard hit areas include the substations at Kenilworth and Turffontein.  Local security companies and the local CPF are appealing to all residents to keep a look out for the perpetrators of these crimes.

Linda Goodenough, Community Development Manager for Fidelity ADT says not only is there a serious impact on the community but cable theft can injure or even kill those tampering with the cables and even endanger the public.

“This kind of theft has to be reported. We do not recommend residents intervene in any way but rather report any suspicious behaviour to their Local SAPS department.  This is a serious criminal offense and offenders will be arrested immediately,” says Goodenough.

Brig Crafford, the station commander at Booysens SAPS mentioned that there is a number that can be contacted directly by the community and security will be sent out to investigate the cases and report that matter to SAPS. It is important that the community report any suspicious activity around any place that have cable that has copper in it.

The number is :- 011 681 6095.

Goodenough also extended a warm welcome from the community to Brigadier Susan Crafford, who has recently joined as the new Station Commander.