29 September 2006
SA Water has identified an increase in the number of water meters thefts across metropolitan Adelaide and is asking the community to be vigilant. More than 500 meters have been reported stolen since 1 July 2006 – about half of the total number (1041) stolen for the full 2005-06 financial year.
These thefts are believed to be due to significantly higher market value for non-ferrous metals such as copper, aluminium and brass.
SA Water, in partnership with the South Australian Police (SAPOL) and Bank SA Crime Stoppers, is developing strategies to reduce the number of water meter thefts.
In the meantime, SA Water requests that anyone who has any information regarding the theft or disposal of water meters, to call Bank SA Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. All information provided to Bank SA Crime Stoppers is confidential and callers may provide information anonymously if they wish.
SA Water staff checking meters always carry identification with them. However, anybody else seen interfering with a meter should be reported to police.
In the event that a member of the public sees anyone acting suspiciously in or around water meters, they should obtain details such as description of suspects and vehicle registration numbers and report it immediately to the police on 131 444.