Cable theft leaves hundreds without 911 service in South Surrey

Telus works to repair wires going into a signal booster on 168th near 14th Ave. - BLACK PRESS FILE PHOTO
Telus works to repair wires going into a signal booster on 168th near 14th Ave.
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An early morning cable theft in South Surrey has left about 380 residents without phone service since Monday.

Telus spokesman Shawn Hall says at about 5 a.m. May 30, thieves stole about 60 metres of cable from poles along the 16400 block of 16 Avenue.

Crews have been on site around the clock since then, and the company is hoping to have service restored by mid-afternoon today.

There have been more than 100 incidents of cable theft affecting thousands of customers so far this year, Hall said.

"Our concern is that customers are without access to 911 and other telecome services until we can restore service, which is often a lengthy job due to the significant damage," Hall said. "These thieves are putting our customers' lives at risk."

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