n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The extent and impact of copper cable theft in Gauteng, South Africa

Special Edition 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Copper cable theft has become a national crisis, threatening essential supporting services and life preserving assets. Very little, if any scientific academic research has so far been conducted concerning the impact of copper cable theft on organisations and on the country as a whole. The purpose of this study was to gather relevant data to underpin and to identify the nature of copper cable theft in Gauteng as the economic hub of South Africa and to understand which specific risk factors inhibit the mitigation of copper cable theft. The researchers used purposive sampling in order to collect information specifically relating to copper cable theft in Gauteng and the factors that could contribute or mitigate such occurrences. The respondents selected were all non-ferrous metal mitigation specialists in Gauteng, who have had the most valid experiences pertaining to copper cable theft. A focus group interview of 28 senior security managers was also conducted in Gauteng in 2011. At this Workshop about 28 senior security management delegates, presented themselves at an open forum as experts and critical role-players in the copper cable theft environment.

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