ALARMS TO THWART COPPER THIEVES

In an attempt to stop thieves from stealing its telephone lines for their copper content, Telefónica has been installing alarms on electricity posts for several months now. A spokesman said the worst-hit areas were Malaga city, Torremolinos and Benalmádena. He refused to give details, apart from the fact that it consists of silent sensor, so as not to help the thieves. He said most of the thefts were carried out by gangs from eastern Europe where the price of copper has shot up in recent months, from one euro a kilo to nearly eight. The spokesman said that while the theft of the copper was affected the company economically, it did far more damage to people who might need urgent medical health in the towns which were cut off until Telefónica replaced the lines.

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