This image of a vandalized lamp standard shows the kind of damage electrical contractors can encounter after wire thieves strike. (Photo courtesy Raylec Power)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Action isn’t being taken in regards to wire theft

Police can’t or won’t do anything about the rash of wire theft for several reasons, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: City ‘hard-hit’ by wire theft around parks, July 18.

The cops can’t or won’t do anything about the rash of wire theft for several reasons. The main reason, of course, is the revolving-door court system that allows someone to become a prolific offender. Secondly, why bother doing something about it even when you know who is responsible for it, again and again? I’ve experienced wire theft myself as well as witnessed it and the attitude of the police was disappointing at best.

Maybe it will take a fried wire thief to get their attention, but then the police will hold B.C. Hydro and/or the property owner accountable. Something really does need to be done about these people, but until an innocent person gets killed, nothing will happen, as usual.

J. Wisemiller, Nanaimo

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