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(AUS)Metro steps up fight against copper thieves

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From The Age

Metro steps up fight against copper thieves
  • January 21, 2013 - 6:15PM
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Henrietta Cook

Helicopters with infrared technology will patrol Melbourne's train network as part of Metro's escalating fight against copper theft.

The train operator's chief executive Andrew Lezala said copper thieves had prevented Metro from meeting its service delivery targets.

He said the low-noise helicopter, which costs $20,000 every time it is launched, had a heat sensitive and night vision camera and could survey around 12 kilometres of the network at any time.

"We could be hovering in Moonee Ponds and looking at people tampering with the railway at Roxburgh Park," he said.


http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/metro-steps-up-fight-against-copper-thieves-20130121-2d2wh.html#ixzz2IbbAeCHg

I must say it's a rather expensive option to go down.
I wouldn't want to be playing around with some of the wires. The overhead has 1500v DC flowing throw it.

 

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You also have issues with copper thieves in Australia.

This is really a plague in France.  :angry: 

 

It's also a plague here in The Netherlands.

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