Understanding thefts of copper cables and its impact on Zimbabwe: A case of Tel*One (Pvt) Ltd
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This dissertation ‘Understanding Thefts of Copper Cables and its impact on Zimbabwe’. A case of Tel*One Pvt Ltd is a result of the pressing need to explore and understand the crime of Theft of Copper Cables in Tel*On Pvt Ltd a fixed telecommunications company which is wholly owned by the Government of Zimbabwe. The study sought to develop an understanding and draw attention of Law Enforcement agents, Government and Civic society at large to the crime phenomenon. A cross sectional descriptive survey research was conducted in which both quantitative and qualitative research methods comprising questionnaires, semistructured interviews and focus group discussions were used. These research instruments were administered to establish the causes, trends, extent, and impact, modus operandi of the criminals, assess copying mechanisms currently being employed and recommend other mitigation strategies. Respondents in the study were Risk and Loss Control personnel from Tel*One and other public enterprises, Zimbabwe Republic Police members of the Border Control and Minerals Unit and former convicts of thefts of copper cables. The study established that theft copper cables is currently a very serious crime that deserves both attention and quick intervention before it does irreparable damage to Tel*One and the economy. The concluded that the crime of theft of copper cables cannot be eradicated any time soon because of the unstable economic situation in Zimbabwe which is major cause of the theft, not to mention the rise in demand and prices of copper in Europe and Asia. The study recommends that Tel*One should embrace other technologies for the transmission of communication signals other than copper cables, like fibre optics and other wireless technologies.