OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- "He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it," said the Roman philosopher, Seneca. Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ) is not only heeding Seneca's advice but asking Texas residents to join with them in stopping a crime that affects the entire community -- communications cable theft.
Crime Stoppers of Houston and EMBARQ are offering a total reward of up to $6,000 for information called in to the 713-222-8477 tips hotline that leads to the identification, arrest and charging of anyone stealing the company's live traffic-carrying cable, primarily copper, in the Houston area. EMBARQ has more than 200,000 residential and business customers in Texas.
This is the third serving area in which EMBARQ has offered a reward for cable theft. In 2007, the company began similar programs in Las Vegas, Nev., and in Warren, Ohio. Cable theft is an industry-wide issue with criminals stealing the cable for monetary gain.
"Crime Stoppers pays up to $5,000 for information called in to the 713-222-8477 tips hotline that leads to the identification, arrest and charging of any felony suspects, and we are pleased that EMBARQ is sweetening the reward," said Katherine Cabaniss, executive director of Crime Stoppers of Houston. "Their additional reward takes our efforts to a higher level. It is our hope that those who would steal copper will think twice, and those who would normally look the other way will become more actively involved in protecting the community."
"When people steal cable, it puts the entire community at risk," said Jim Hansen, senior vice president of Network Services at EMBARQ. "Cutting cable can cut emergency communications which affects everyone. Imagine having a loved one suddenly in need of emergency medical assistance, only to find communications services don't work because someone just cut the cable to steal the copper. This is a threat to everyone."
Officials believe that the copper is taken to recycling centers where it is sold as scrap. So far in the Houston area during the last 12 months, Embarq has incurred over $130,000 worth of damage due to cable theft. Stealing copper cable doesn't come without risks. Aside from the potential for arrest, there have been dozens of reports nationwide in recent months of copper thieves being electrocuted while attempting to steal copper cable from power companies.
Citizens who have information regarding the theft of live copper cable are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS where they remain anonymous.
Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ), headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, offers a complete suite of communications services. The company has approximately 18,000 employees and operates in 18 states. EMBARQ is included in the S&P 500 and is in the Fortune 500(R) list of America's largest corporations.
For consumers, EMBARQ offers an innovative portfolio of services that includes reliable local and long distance home phone service, high-speed Internet, wireless, and satellite TV from DISH Network(R) -- all on one monthly bill.
For businesses, EMBARQ has a comprehensive range of flexible and integrated services designed to help businesses of all sizes be more productive and communicate with their customers. This service portfolio includes local voice and data services, long distance, Business Class High Speed Internet, wireless, satellite TV from DIRECTV(R), enhanced data network services, voice and data communication equipment and managed network services.
For more information, visit embarq.com.