Rwanda : Theft of copper and aluminum on the increase
Fiber optic cable being laid: It is targeted by copper thieves
Reports have indicated that there is an increase in the theft of copper and Aluminum products due to the growing demand of the same.
This has led to the destruction of useful infrastructures like electric wires, traffic road signs and other road fenders which are stolen and sold as scraps.
Police reports show that fiber internet wire connections are being uprooted due to forces of nature demand and supply.
The products are sold at a higher price, hence forcing some citizens to engage in this illicit trade of copper and aluminum products which are recycled and sold back.
The most targeted is aluminum which is commonly used on traffic and direction signs.
Cases have been reported in Musamvu, Kibungo sector where Saidi Safari, 24 and Jean Pierre Mbyariyehe 25, where suspected to have climbed electric poles in the area and cut the electric cables recently.
According to reports, most buyers are of Asian origin operating in foreign countries like Kenya and Uganda.
The Police urge all citizens to report these theft cases so that such criminals are apprehended.