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March 22, 2014
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Lime beefs up anti-theft system

The guilty pleas of two men last week for stealing copper cables have given telecommunications firm LIME reason to hope there will be a reduction in future incidents as the company's new anti-theft system fulfils its intended purpose.

On Friday, March 14, Richard Graham, 18 years old, and Daniel Gunter, 20, of Greenwich Town, St Andrew, pleaded guilty to larceny and malicious destruction of property in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, days after they were caught by the police cutting LIME's copper cables on Third Street in Newport West. They are to be sentenced on March 31, 2014.

Meanwhile, LIME is thankful for the high level of public understanding in the aftermath of the burning of its core transmission cables last week.

The incident took place on Friday, March 14, shortly after 4 a.m., in the vicinity of the Ferry Police Station, St Catherine, and affected several telephone services in Portmore and Spanish Town for several hours.

Describing the response as "encouraging", LIME's corporate communications manager, Elon Parkinson, also commented, "It came as a bit of a surprise to us that so many Jamaicans cared enough about the impact of vandalism upon our network that they called our offices, sent messages, or stopped staff members in public to express regret about the incident while affirming their support for the brand. Some even went further to indicate they will be on the lookout for suspicious activity around our equipment."

He added, "This, along with additional security measures and increased vigilance from the police, gives us good reason to hope for a reduction in incidents of theft and vandalism of our assets in the future."

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