Crime Prevention Officer for the Laois-Offaly Garda Division, Graham Kavanagh is asking members of the public to be aware that Gardai and Eir have noticed an increase in the theft of copper.
This involves the removal of phone lines along roadsides which appear to be occurring during dark hours in rural areas.
The criminals involved are targeting the small quantity of copper contained in this cabling. People are being told to report any sightings to Gardai.
Another noticable area of concern is the targeting of Copper cylinders and piping from vacant premises.
Just last week there was an incident of a theft of this nature on the Clara Road in Tullamore.
Advice would be to either ensure vacant properties are secured well if such items are to be left there or remove them if the property is to be left vacant for indefinite periods.
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