Appeal following powerline tampering

Kineta Knight
Kineta Knight
May 28, 2024 |

Police are appealing for information following recent incidents of powerline tampering and theft across Christchurch.

Over the last 10 days police have been notified of increasing reports of powerline theft and tampering spanning from West Melton to Marshland.

Incidents are occurring across Christchurch, including multiple central locations such as Disraeli Street, Addington, the area surrounding Hillview Road and Phillips Road, Phillipstown as well as Brougham Street.

Police have informed Community Patrol and Frontline Police units on what to look out for and have communicated with businesses and residents in affected areas. They are also engaging with local scrap metal dealers as part of the investigation.

On multiple recent occasions powerline tampering and the theft of copper from the powerlines have led to power outages on affected streets.

Police said, “Typically once the offenders get what they want, the powerlines are left in an exposed and dangerous state. On one occasion powerlines were tampered with and left broken outside of a Phillip Street preschool.”

No one has been harmed, but as far as police are concerned it is only a matter of time.

Senior Sergeant Roy Appley said, “Our message to offenders is to stop this behaviour before someone, including yourself, gets hurt.”

“You are putting yourselves and others at extreme risk of electrocution, for such a small return,” Appley said.

“We are appealing to the public for any information that could assist in identifying and locating those involved. If you hear anything out of the ordinary overnight, do not think nothing of it,” he said.

“We need Christchurch residents to be aware of the risk of exposed or damaged wires – do not touch them and call Orion on 0800 363 9898 straight away,” said Appley.

Police urge residents to ring 111 immediately if you see anyone acting suspiciously around power poles and lines, or 105 after the fact.

Kineta Knight
Kineta Knight

Kineta Knight Booker is a highly experienced journalist based in North Canterbury. She has worked as a reporter for radio, TV, digital and print, as well as an editor of lifestyle magazines in NZ and the UK. Kineta is the Head of Content Development at Chris Lynch Media. Contact: [email protected]

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