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LETTERS: Prewired thought would pay off

Wire thieves have easy access to Surrey street lights, until the city acts after the fact, writes Forest McCready. - File photo
Wire thieves have easy access to Surrey street lights, until the city acts after the fact, writes Forest McCready.
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Anyone who strolls their neighbourhood in South Surrey will likely have seen evidence of the damage caused by wire thieves.

In the past year, I have seen this on three occasions.

With all the media attention to this problem and police efforts to monitor the scrapyards, since somebody has to be continuing to buy this wire, why are our local government officials sitting on their collective behinds doing nothing to prevent these ongoing thefts?

In every case of wire theft from street lights in my area, the posts targeted are the ones with a simple hex-head bolt holding the electrical cover plate in place, something a 10-year-old could get off easily with a crescent wrench.

Once this happens, the city spends hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, in labour and materials to repair the damage. And then they install a tamper-proof lock on the cover plate.

Is it any wonder our taxes continue to rise every year, when we have elected officials that see nothing wrong with spending millions of dollars for a grand new edifice in Whalley, but lack the foresight to change every bolted cover plate for one that will prevent these wire thefts in the first place?

Surely it would be cheaper in the long run if the city got proactive and installed secure cover plates before the wire is stolen.

Forest McCready, Surrey



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