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It keeps slipping My Mind !

by Ernesto ⌂ @, Troncones, Saturday, May 05, 2018, 09:20 (108 days ago)

For a while now I have noticed all the Solar street lights as you drive in to Zihua .
at 1st every light pole had a solar panel and a Battery box ( I Think they are for batteries ) Now quite a few are missing the boxes and the rest have the boxes hanging open and empty , Must Be a valuable item inside ! Any one else notice this ?

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The Great Streetlamp Robbery

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, May 05, 2018, 10:08 (108 days ago) @ Ernesto

For a while now I have noticed all the Solar street lights as you drive in to Zihua .
at 1st every light pole had a solar panel and a Battery box ( I Think they are for batteries ) Now quite a few are missing the boxes and the rest have the boxes hanging open and empty , Must Be a valuable item inside ! Any one else notice this ?

Yes, apparently some of our less-than-wonderful neighbors are ripping off the batteries for the solar lamps.

Of course, the government spent twice what they cost to install them and I called them out on it, and the average idiot crook wouldn't have any idea what they are or what they contain, so my first suspicion would be someone connected to their installation in the first place.

Similar thing happened on la Carretera Escénica La Majahua a few years back. Within a week of installing streetlamps from one end to the other, with the usual pomp & circumstance including their elevated cost published in the newspaper, they all disappeared! Again, smells like an inside job.

The Great Streetlamp Robbery

by HolyMole @, Saturday, May 05, 2018, 13:42 (108 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Of course that kind of theft isn't restricted to Mexico.
Every now and then we read stories of thieves here in Canada breaking into electrical boxes to steal the copper wire/cables. The odd thief has been electrocuted for his carelessness, so I guess scrap copper prices can sometimes be attractive enough to take the risk.

The Great Streetlamp Robbery

by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Sunday, May 06, 2018, 01:37 (107 days ago) @ HolyMole

They are stealing the AC Units and copper in the new houses being built in Lexington. A couple of years ago, a neighbor was having copper put on his house. The workmen went to lunch and all the rolled up copper in the yard had disappeared when they got back.

The Great Streetlamp Robbery

by Mexalberta @, Sunday, May 06, 2018, 17:06 (106 days ago) @ HolyMole

When constructing a pipeline near Grand Forks BC we lost 50000 in copper overnight.
BC Hydro also had the same problem in the area.

The Great Streetlamp Robbery

by Susan G @, Zihua/La Ropa, Sunday, May 06, 2018, 18:37 (106 days ago) @ Mexalberta

The company http://www.gruposolarmex.com/ recently installed solar lamps along the La Ropa Road to Garrobos now has a unit that is contained in the top light. Hopefully, it will be more difficult to rob parts.

The Great Streetlamp Robbery

by Charlybby, Friday, May 11, 2018, 23:48 (101 days ago) @ Susan G

Still think it's an inside job! Charge huge money, in stall, wait a few months & steal them back for the next overpriced install!:omg: