Friday, 06 September 2019

Provincial office; Bloemfontein: Police request the community to assist in identifying criminals who vandalize and steal tower batteries. The cost to replace and rectify damage caused to these towers is huge to service providers.

Theft of tower batteries could escalate service charges to communities, customers including businesses. This is because millions of rands is required to replace stolen batteries across the country. The service providers have been badly affected by the growing number of battery theft and vandalism.

The theft of tower batteries is costing money to major service providers including MTN and Vodacom, this could lead to people losing their job. With the state of finance our country is facing, the consequence of job losses could be far reaching especially for the previously disadvantaged people.

Theft of tower batteries in the farming areas could affect telecommunication network leading to emergency and police services not to be reached could the need arise requiring those services.

It is a well-known fact that people who are buying stolen goods are as guilty as those who steal and sell them. If they are arrested they will be charged with possession of suspected stolen property amongst others.

People who are potential buyers of the stolen battery should be aware that major mobile operators in SA make use of one brand, Leoch lithium batteries, which are imported and not for sale to the general public.

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrested of these suspects is requested to call police crime stop line on 0860 10111.