After four incidents of copper theft in the past two weeks, in what is being called “acts of sabotage,” BTC’s Vice President for Networks and Engineering, Trevor Turnquest said, the incidents are creating a tremendous strain on the company and its resources.
Bringing the issue to the public yesterday – Thursday, September 6 – during a press conference, Turnquest is hopeful that the culprits will be caught.
“BTC would like to bring to the attention of the community, deliberate acts of sabotage that’s been happening in our Sunrise Park Subdivision,” reiterated Turnquest, who added that executives are very concerned about this problem.
“These acts of sabotage are a tremendous strain on BTC and our resources.”
He explained that every time an incident happens, BTC has to utilize resources to replace the cables and it is a strain on the staff to keep doing the same task repeatedly.
“Every time it’s taken down we utilize resources, it takes over 42 days just to put the cables back in, connect everything and put customers back in service,” he said.
Turnquest added that over 600 BTC subscribers in the Sunrise Park community are inconvenienced due to a deliberate act of sabotage.
“We provide Internet, we provide telephone, we provide TV and those services are lost during these occurrences,” he said.
Turnquest revealed that the last incident happened around 3:00 a.m. on Thursday (September 6).
He added that since last weekend, BTC’s customer service team has been on the ground in the Sunrise Park community, keeping residents updated about the ongoing restoration efforts.
The company’s technical teams continue to work, arduously, to ensure that services are restored as quickly as possible to all customers, said Turnquest.
He informed that persons were stealing around the same length of copper from the area.
Turnquest furthered that he believes that they are doing it for monetary gain “It carries a hefty value.” He estimated $10,000 to $20,000 in total has been stolen.
Turnquest explained that the culprits could melt the copper down and sell it.
He implored persons committing these crimes to stop.
He warned that those persons who are responsible for these crimes will be caught with the assistance of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) and punished.
“Through the use of our local police you will be brought to justice,” he said, adding that the police have been very supportive in this matter.
Turnquest finally took the opportunity to appeal to members of the public, “Anyone who has information on this please report it to the police.”
The public can contact the Royal Bahamas Police Force at 919 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 328-TIPS or toll free for the Family Islanders at 300-TIPS to report any acts of cable theft. Residents from the Sunrise community are also able to contact BTC at 225-5282 for further details on restoration efforts.