The Adeje council has published details of a series of robberies in the last two weeks in the borough that has seen, according to the department of works and services, over €100,000 worth of cable stolen – an average of €6,600 per day. The councillor for the department, Gonzalo Delgado Díaz, has asked people to be vigilant and help as, he says, “these thefts are difficult to police. We are asking neighbours and residents who see any suspicious activity by people near or at street installations to please phone the local police on 922 74 72 06 or the emergency number 112. Anyone who is officially authorised to handle this cable and open street boxes etc will be wearing distinctive red uniforms with a council logo, so if you see anyone not wearing this uniform behaving suspiciously, please do call the numbers above”:
The affected zones are spread across the borough, particularly in Fañabé, Callao Salvaje, Tijoco, La Hoya, Los Olivos, Las Torres, Armeñime and El Galeón. “This is a borough-wide problem, and in some cases cable has been stolen twice from the same location. We will obviously step up the police presence in zones that are considered vulnerable, but we need your help”, said the councillor. He said this kind of theft had direct repercussions on council budgets and replacing the missing cable would require monies to be found from other council projects. “If it continues it will cause serious budgeting which is why we are asking for everyone to be so vigilant”.
Delgado Díaz added that these kind of crimes were also potentially dangerous to passers-by and children along affected pavements as it could increase the risk of injury as in many cases, “the cable that has been stolen is the ‘earth’ cable which protects from electrocution”.