Cable theft - London Underground

MQT on 2011-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2011
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given the recent spate of cable thefts from the London Underground, including at Fairlop in my constituency, what consideration has been given to using forensic coding to reduce the likelihood of theft?


Answer for Cable theft - London Underground

Answer for Cable theft - London Underground

Answered By: 
The Mayor

LU is working with the British Transport Police and Network Rail to implement preventative measures that will minimise cable and metal theft across the network.

The 'coding' of cable involves the manufacture of an embedded thread within the copper itself, enabling Police to establish ownership even after the cable is stripped of its outer sheath. This is one element of a package of measures LU is currently exploring which also includes use of cable alarms, police and industry visits to scrap metal merchants, security fencing enhancements in hotspot areas, warning signage, hotspot analysis and an internal communications campaign to increase awareness and reporting.

Additionally there are extensive overt British Transport Police patrols being conducted in areas where we have previously suffered instances of cable theft and vandalism. These patrols complement existing track maintenance patrols and also involve contact with residents that border the railway.