Keeping streetlights along Lutong-Kuala Baram Road safe from thieves

Keeping streetlights along Lutong-Kuala Baram Road safe from thieves

By : NewsDesk

Date Posted : Wednesday 22-Jun-2016

  • A vandalised streetlight pole along Lutong-Kuala Baram
  • road (filephoto).

MIRI: Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) through operating arm Sesco, is undertaking measures to keep the streetlights along the Lutong-Kuala Baram Road safe and secure from hardware thieves and vandals by changing from the current underground cables, which can be dug up easily by thieves, to overhead supply lines.

“This will make sure the road stays bright for the safety of road users. Rampant theft and vandalism are causing the streetlights along the stretch to malfunction, and the road is dark along affected sections making it unsafe for road users.

“The cases along the stretch seem to occur on a monthly frequency and several police reports have been lodged. The most recent case saw the live neutral earthings stolen, causing unstable voltage and damage to the streetlights’ components,” said SEB.

SEB said Sesco’s technical team had already replaced the stolen parts for 30 streetlight posts and repair works were expected to be completed within two weeks.

In past cases, thieves made away with streetlight underground cables; control boxes including lighting components and mains wiring.

“The constant repair and replacement of stolen and damaged parts has cost the utility RM95,000 since 2015. Sesco will invest around RM220,000 in this proactive measure to convert the underground cables to overhead lines.”

Sarawak Energy Senior Vice President for Distribution Lau Kim Swee said there were a total of 630 streetlight posts along the Lutong-Kuala Baram stretch and Sesco had already converted 249 spans to overhead lines.

The poles which were given immediate attention were the ones close to residential areas.

“We have highlighted the matter time and time again in order to appeal to the public to help stop theft and vandalism of our properties.

“Rampant hardware theft has caused malfunctioning streetlights which can endanger the lives of road users. Please help keep our streets safe and bright by putting a stop to this irresponsible act,” he added.

The public are urged to report any suspicious activities in the area by contacting SEB at1300-88-3111. All information will be kept confidential.

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