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GT&T offers rewards for info leading to capture of vandals

Reeling from a spike in vandalism especially during this month, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) on Friday issued a stirring appeal to Guyanese to report anyone seen cutting telephone cables to 0908.

The company announced that anyone who reports vandalism in progress and leads to the capture and prosecution of perpetrators would be rewarded.

Against the background of more than 6,000 subscribers having been affected for the year so far by vandalism, the phone and Internet provider urged Guyanese to join in the battle against the destruction of cables.

“The network facilities that serve your home or business may be targeted next, so it cannot be wise to see something and not say something.  It cannot be sufficient to simply press the company to expedite repairs and service restoration after the fact,” said GT&T in a statement.

The telecommunications provider assured that any information provided by the public would “be treated with the strictest confidence and that GT&T will offer a meaningful reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the apprehension of vandals and their prosecution.”

According to GT&T within recent months, the national telecommunications network has been repeatedly vandalized. “This deliberate, mindless destruction of, or damage to, the country’s telecommunications facilities is not new.  But, in recent months it has spiraled out of control.”

For the year to date, GT&T reports that it has recorded 52 acts of vandalism in communities from East Berbice to Linden. 

“The cumulative effect of these acts have been the disruption of the lives and livelihoods of thousands of households and businesses; the threat posed to personal and national security; the unplanned expenditure of millions of dollars by the company in civil works, repairs and service restoration; the diversion of materials and personnel from routine activities to address emergencies; and the loss of millions in revenues consequent upon the cessation of telecommunications traffic,” acccording to the phone company.

Saying that the spate of vandalism was “unacceptable and unsustainable,”  GT&T said it has done everything in its power to protect the network and in the process.

Although the Guyana Police Force has supported GT&T in dealing with the scourge, the phone company begged government, the regulatory agencies and and the entire populace to join in battle against vandalism.

“We are appealing to individuals and institutions to partner with us in the protection of the national telecommunications network.  Observe what is happening in your neighbourhood or community; call us on 0908 to report suspicious activities directed at the network; in short, act as our eyes and ears,” said GT&T. Let’s stop network vandalism together!

 

Item #

Date of Incident

Incident Damage

Neighbourhood

Location

Est. # of Subscribers affected

1

6-Jan-15

Vandalised 600 pair cable

 Montrose Village

 ECD

267

2

19-Jan-15

Vandalised 400 pair distribution cable

 Supply 

 EBD

209

3

23-Jan-15

Vandalised 25 pair distribution cable

 Waterloo Street

 G/Town

12

4

23-Jan-15

Vandalised 400 pair distribution cable

 Pearl 

 EBD

71

5

27-Jan-15

Vandalised 100 pair distribution cable

 Broad & Adelaide Streets Charlestown

 G/Town

50

6

29-Jan-15

Vandalised 25 pair cable

 Victory Valley

 Linden

15

7

2-Feb-15

Vandalised 100 pair cable

 George Street Werk-en-Rust

 G/Town

59

8

2-Feb-15

Vandalised 200 pair distribution cable

 Public Road 

 EBD

115

9

6-Feb-15

Vandalised 100 pair distribution cable

 South Road Bourda

 G/Town

44

10

9-Feb-15

Vandalised 100 pair distribution cable

 Line Path ‘E’ Skeldon

45

11

11-Feb-15

Vandalised 200 pair distribution cable

 Albert & Oronoque Sts, Bourda

 G/Town

102

12

13-Feb-15

Vandalised 50 pair distribution cable

 Regent & Alexander Sts

 G/Town

20

13

15-Feb-15

Vandalised 100 pair distribution cable

 Hadfield &Hardina Streets and Hadfield Street & Winter Place

 G/Town

66

14

16-Feb-15

Vandalised 100 pair cable outside

 George Street Werk-en-Rust

 G/Town

59

15

25-Feb-15

Vandalised 50 pair cable

 Cummings Lodge

 ECB

16

26-Feb-15

Vandalised 3000 pair feeder cable

 Golden Grove 

 EBD

1925

17

2-Mar-15

Vandalised 100 pair distribution cable

Vryman’sErven

 ECD

30

18

2-Mar-15

Vandalised 100 pair distribution cable

 Smyth and Durban Streets

 G/Town

27

19

3-Mar-15

Vandalism 200 pair copper cable

 9th &10th Streets Cummings Lodge

 ECD

120

20

4-Mar-15

Vandalised 50 pair distribution cable

 Ideal Road, Soesdyke

 EBD

16

21

11-Mar-15

Vandalised 900 pair feeder cable

 New Hope Public Road

 EBD

475

22

16-Mar-15

Vandalised 200 pair distribution cable

 English Road Sophia

 G/Town

99

23

16-Mar-15

Vandalised 50 pair distribution cable

 “A” Field Junction, Sophia Main Road

 G/Town

25

24

17-Mar-15

Vandalised 200 pair distribution  cable

 Charles Street, Charlestown

 G/Town

96

25

18-Mar-15

Vandalised 200 pair distribution cable

 Regent Road Bourda

 G/Town

100

26

19-Mar-15

Vandalised 50 pair distribution cable

Ketley Street Charlestown

 G/Town

15

27

19-Mar-15

Vandalsied 50 pair distrubition cable

  Sussex Street

 G/Town

15

28

20-Mar-15

Vandalised 50 pair distribution cable

 8th Street Cummings Lodge

 ECD

12

29

23-Mar-15

Vandalised 100 pair distribution cable

 1st Street Alexander Village & Hunter Street

 G/Town

50

30

24-Mar-15

Vandalised 50 pair cable

AnkervilleCorentyne

 EBD

22

31

24-Mar-15

Vandalised 25 pair distribution cable

 King Street Lacytown

 G/Town

13

32

25-Mar-15

Vandalised 200 pair distribution cable

 Providence East Bank Berbice

 EBB

157

33

25-Mar-15

Vandalised 200 pair distribution cable

 Charles Street Charlestown

 G/Town

96

34

25-Mar-15

Vandalised 50 pair distribution Cable

 Princess Street 

 G/Town

8

35

29-Mar-15

Vandalised 600 pair feeder cable

 Enterprise Gardens

 ECD

504

36

30-Mar-15

Vandalised 100 pair distribution cable

 High Street Charlestown

 G/Town

4

37

30-Mar-15

Vandalised 100 pair cable

 Shirley Field Ridley Drive

 G/Town

29

38

1-Apr-15

Vandalised 100 pair distribution cable

 Cactus Street West Ruimveldt

 G/Town

27

39

1-Apr-15

Vandalised 400 pair distribution cable

 Back Road Timehri

 EBD

138

40

2-Apr-15

Vandalised 600 pair feeder cable

 Enterprise Bridge 

 ECD

504

41

7-Apr-15

Vandalised (2) 200 pair distribution cable

 Houston 

 ECD

158

42

7-Apr-15

Vandalised 400 pair distirbution cable

 Bachelor’s Adventure

 ECD

54

43

7-Apr-15

Vandalised 200 pair distribution cable

 Hibiscus Street West Ruimveldt

 G/Town

97

44

9-Apr-15

Vandalised 25 pair distribution cable

 Bishop & Palm sts, Werk en Rust

 G/Town

8

45

13-Apr-15

Vandalised 200 pair Distribution cable

 South Ruimveldt Gardens

 G/Town

64

46

13-Apr-15

Vandalised 300 pair distribution cable

 Melanie Damishana (Enterprise)

 ECD

180

47

13-Apr-15

Vandalised 25 & 100 pairs distribution cable

 Industrial site/D’auiar Park 

 G/Town

27

48

13-Apr-15

Vandalised 25 & 50 pairs distribution cable

 Prospect

 EBD

31

49

14-Apr-15

Vandalised 200 pair distribution cable

Roxanne Burnham Gardens

G/Town

120

50

15-Apr-15

Vandalised 50 pair distribution cable

Vlissengen Rd, West Ruimveldt

Gtown

15

51

Vandalised 50 pair distribution cable

  South Road Bourda

 G/Town

31

52

16-Apr-15

Vandalised200 pair Distribution cable

South Ruimveldt Gardens

G/Town

64

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