Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Acts of Sabotage on BEL’s Power System

Company Offers Reward for an Arrest

Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) is offering a reward of $1,000 for any information leading to the arrest of persons involved in acts of sabotage on the Company’s power system. Recently, there have been three major acts of sabotage on power lines, which have resulted in power outages, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours and have affected Belize City and San Pedro Town. A 6-hour outage is tentatively scheduled for March 31, 2010 to replace poles that were intentionally burnt in Northern Belize. This extended outage will affect Orange Walk Town.

BEL advises that these criminal activities may also result in damage to customers’ electrical equipment. Another major concern is that the perpetrators put their safety at risk as they could be seriously injured or electrocuted.

“These acts of sabotage are frustrating to our employees, who are working hard to ensure our system is operating properly for the benefit of customers,” said Vice President, Customer Care & Operations Curtis Eck. “Why someone would intentionally set out to damage the power lines and cause great inconvenience to the general public is perplexing to us. Nonetheless, we will continue with our efforts to provide the best possible service to customers.”BEL owns just over 1,800 miles of power lines countrywide. Following the acts of sabotage in 2005, the Company now conducts more frequent air and ground patrols of the power lines as a security measure and also as part of efforts to identify any situation that may lead to service interruption.

Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact the Police Department or call BEL at 0-800-BEL-CARE or 0-800-235-2273.

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