Sometimes my corner of Rural Buckinghamshire hides a dark pool of thieving scum.
For the second time in a month, the village down the road from us has no telephone / broadband service again.
This is apparently because some kind souls have decided to nick a load of cables (property of British Telecom) out of the ground.
Apart from being most annoying for local businesses & residents, it must be a complete nightmare for BT.
Realistically, it is impossible to alarm or truly protect every cable carrying asset that BT uses across this green and pleasant land. Assuming that the thieving problem is not very localised, these sorts of incident must have a drag in the rural economy.
As for those that buy dodgy copper, does anyone have some string and a lamp post?