Cable thief crackdown continues. TSTT captures three suspected wire cutters

Trinidad - Once again TSTT’s hard-line approach to cable theft has gotten results. The company’s Operational Risk and Security Services Division (ORSS) have netted three more alleged cable cutters. This zero tolerance strategy has seen instances of this type of crime, so destructive to the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure, plummet.

At approximately 11:48pm on January 31, 2010, members of the Task Force surveillance team while on duty responded to intelligence received from someone in the neighborhood who directed them to a house in the Phoenix Park Rd California, where they saw three men stripping and burning TSTT cables.

The three residents (ages 16, 24 and 30) were arrested and later processed at the Couva police station. TSTT Ag. Sgt. Thorpe laid charges for malicious damage under the telecoms act.

The apprehension was the work of the TSTT Estate Police under ORSS, using a mixture of security technology and surveillance. The suspects reportedly have been involved in other cable thefts.

“Cable thieves, you are an endangered species,” said Dennis Gordon, TSTT’s Vice President of Security and Operational Risk. “We have the tools and manpower in place now and really the risks far outweigh the benefits of this type of crime.”

Since its creation in 2007, the TSTT security team has successfully combated cable vandalism, a major problem in many countries worldwide.

“The people of Trinidad and Tobago deserve the best possible telecommunications services and to do that they need the best infrastructure. TSTT takes cable vandalism very seriously and we are working to stamp it out completely,” Mr. Gordon said.