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Organizations aim to increase public awareness of this public safety issue and catch metal thieves

 

Vancouver, B.C. – British Columbia Crime Stoppers is partnering with TELUS to battle against metal theft in the province.

 

Citizens with information about metal theft can provide secure, anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by logging on to www.bccrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters are never identified. They never have to provide a name, phone number or email address. They never have to testify in court, and they could receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 upon an arrest and charge.

 

“We are happy to be working with TELUS to bring this type of theft to the public’s attention. There is a network of local community Crime Stoppers programs throughout the province that are committed to helping the police solve and reduce crime. Our partnership with TELUS will give citizens the opportunity to provide anonymous information on any type of metal theft, which brings with it inherent risks, so that the thieves who put us all in danger can be stopped and brought to justice,” said Rick Ekkel, President of the British Columbia Crime Stoppers Advisory Board.

 

“Last year, thieves stole live TELUS cable 380 times, more than once a day on average. Each time, they cut off people’s access to 911, putting their very lives at risk,” said Kenneth Haertling, TELUS Chief Security Officer. “It has to stop. Raising public awareness of copper theft and how each person can assist is a critical piece of the puzzle. British Columbia Crime Stoppers can help with this public education and encouraging people with information to use its anonymous tip service.”

 

Metal Theft – What to look for

 

  • Metal thieves often try to disguise themselves as legitimate technicians. Thieves may use an unmarked white van, while legitimate TELUS vehicles are always well marked.
  • Thieves may wear a reflective vest to further the illusion that they are legitimate.
  • Metal thieves work at odd hours. A person working on a power line or on a utility pole at night is not normal practice unless there is an extraordinary situation. 

 

Suspect Metal Theft? – What to do

 

Call Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477

 

Send a tip online: www.bccrimestoppers.com

 

You will not be identified, will not have to appear in court and could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 upon an arrest and charge.

 

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.5 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 550,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

 

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

 

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Shawn Hall

TELUS Media Relations

(604) 619-7913

Shawn.hall@telus.com

 

Tim Kelley, Executive Director

BC Crime Stoppers 

604-941-9449