Growing number of cases causes public safety concerns
PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (December 31, 2012) - FairPoint Communications announced it is offering rewards for information leading to arrests and convictions in copper thefts in the Chattahoochee area.
Local police were notified of the recent vandalism in Chattahoochee in which vandals struck twice by cutting low-lying copper cables and disrupting service for almost 500 customers in the area.
"This is a real and growing public safety concern," said Marc Lussier, senior manager security for FairPoint. "It can cause loss of service for folks who need emergency services and there is the added concern that an untrained person removing cable could be injured."
In the Chattahoochee thefts, the real problem was putting people out of service. "This is not so much an attack on FairPoint," Lussier said, "as it is an attack on the community."
Copper thefts are on the rise across the country due to increasing prices for metals. According to the Department of Energy, copper thefts account for almost $1 billion annually.
FairPoint works closely with local law enforcement partners to investigate the copper crimes. Lussier estimates copper thefts have exceeded $50,000 this year alone across the 18 states where FairPoint does business. The company will offer up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those individuals responsible for these thefts, depending on the severity of the crime.
People are encouraged to call their local law enforcement agency or Marc Lussier at FairPoint, 603.656.8222.
About FairPoint Communications, Inc.
FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) is a leading communications provider of broadband Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other high-capacity data services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable fiber network, FairPoint delivers high-quality data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. FairPoint delivers VantagePointSM services through its resilient IP-based network in northern New England. This state-of-the-art fiber network provides carrier Ethernet connections to support the surging bandwidth and performance requirements for cloud-based applications like network storage, disaster recovery, distance learning, medical imaging, video conferencing and CAD/CAM along with traditional voice, VoIP, video and Internet access solutions. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com. You can also connect with FairPoint on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/fairpoint) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint).