A THIEF OR THIEVES MAKE OFF WITH BEL UNDERGROUND CABLE
Residents in the Rural Belize District were subjected to a fifteen hour power outage on Tuesday after BEL reported yet another equipment theft. According to a report from the Belize Electricity Limited, at about 11:30pm on the said date, thieves attempting to steal copper wires pulled out and extensively damaged underground aluminum cables on the Coastal Road near Gales Point Manatee Village. Dawn Sampson-Nunez is the Manager of Corporate Communication and spoke to us about the potential dangers of carrying out these acts.
Dawn Sampson-Nunez; Manager of Corporate Communication, BEL
“It’s definitely a serious issue and it can definitely result in serious injury to the person or persons carrying out these acts. They can event be electrocuted and that is one of the reasons why we keep on pushing the message to the public; stay away from power lines. I think in addition to safety issues when these persons carry out these acts, these criminal activities it has a critical impact on the service that we provide our customers. For example, this incident on Gales Point where there was a fifteen hour power outage as a result of the outage. It is a safety issue and it’s also an issue from a service reliability point of view. We would really appreciate any information that could lead to the arrest of some of the criminals behind these activities.”
Nunez says a reward is being given for information leading to arrests or information.
“If we can get information that would lead to the recovery of the items, in this case the utility grade batteries, that would also be good. We are offering a reward of one thousand dollars for any valuable information. Persons with information can call the nearest police station or Crime Stoppers at 0-800-922-tips. They can also call Belize Electricity Limited. In terms of the frequency with which these incidents are occurring, it has been a problem over the past few years; people trying to steal copper wire from different equipment on our power system. We have been working closely with the police department to try to get to the bottom of it. Like I said earlier it has been a concern from a safety perspective and also from a service delivery perspective.”
Nunez ended by saying that the works to replace the damage infrastructure will not interrupt the power availability in Gales Point and should be completed by the end of the week.