Copper cable thefts see thousands without landline connection

2017-04-19 05:00:00

The Guardia Civil have arrested a suspect thief believed to have been involved in the theft of large amounts of the copper cables belonging to telecommunications provider, Movistar. The news came after thousands of residents around Cartáma, Alhaurín el Grande, Mijas Costa and Mijas Pueblo have been affected by the theft of the cables.

According to a Movistar spokesperson, the total length stolen has accumulated to around three kilometres after the thieves systematically stole the cables each time they were replaced.

J. R, a resident in El Romeral has stated that the thefts are “persistent” and a “very serious problem” as many of those affected need the internet to do their job.

The president of the Miramar Residents Assocation, Blas Cerezo, also announced that on Tuesday the group would submit a letter to Mayor Villanova with suggestions on how to improve the security of the town and in turn lower the risk of further thefts.

Villanova has reassured residents that the town is safe as the Civil Guard are already working hard to prevent this kind of theft everyday.

On Monday, Movistar’s spokesperson also stated that work is being done to replace more stolen cables, but as it is being done manually “it is not possible to estimate a date by which everything will have returned to normal.” source surinenglish