Copper Thieves Hurting Northland Emergency Response Times
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Copper thieves have put the public’s safety in danger to make a quick buck, as authorities say that cut phone lines have made it harder for emergency personnel to respond to those in need.
Authorities say that copper thieves have cut several phone lines between Parkville and Kansas City, Missouri four times in less than a month – affecting the response times for residents in the Southern Platte Fire Protection District.
“Neighbors here are suffering losses of telephone connectivity, so if they need to call 911, they don’t have a phone live service because someone’s stolen the copper,” said Chris F. Denney, Director Of Technology for the Southern Platte Fire Protection District.
Denney says that it takes AT&T anywhere from three to 14 hours to repair the cut lines. One time, thieves inadvertently cut a fiber optic line, which further put the public in danger.
“The fiber optic lines take seconds take seconds for the fire station to be alerted, but when the communications system has to resort to the back up system, it just adds more seconds to that alert,” said Denney.
Authorities are asking anyone who sees anything around telephone poles in the area to contact police.
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