World-first cable theft prevention solution set to destroy the illegal copper resale market CableDNA

South Africa is experiencing almost 200 instances of cable theft per day.


Although many cable thieves are apprehended, only 7% of offenders are prosecuted because of the difficulty of proving cable ownership. CableDNA – a South African company – has now unveiled a revolutionary cable identification method to overcome the cable identification problem.

“We are changing electrical cable theft protection forever. CableDNA uses patented technologies to offer a revolutionary, world-leading cable theft protection solution that destroys the illegal copper resale market and doubles underground cable life.”

Electrical distribution cables (even already installed cables) are infused with a fluid that contains unique microscopic identifiers that can withstand being burnt, being granulated and being melted into ingots.

This approach will make cables treated by CableDNA too risky to steal, buy or sell because effective prosecution of thieves and illegal copper dealers will be inevitable.

In addition, underground electrical cables older than 25 years develop small water-filled channels called “water trees” in the insulation which create a short circuit and cause cable failure. The fluid used by CableDNA to carry the unique identifiers repairs the water trees and restores cable insulation properties to new levels, thereby effectively doubling underground electrical cable life.

South Africa loses an estimated R10 billion per year loss in productivity as well as loss of lives and decreased service provision due to cable theft.

“This is a revolutionary step in the right direction”, an industry CEO said. “South Africa desperately needs solutions like this.”

Proving ownership of stolen electrical cable is impossible for law enforcement officials worldwide. Thieves are caught at great expense and effort – but often the courts cannot convict them because cable ownership cannot be proven.

“This ends now. Our solution lets law enforcement officials identify installed cables with their GPS coordinates, specific cable runs and owners details using a smartphone 24/7/365 from anywhere in the world –  even after insulation has been burnt or stripped off and copper has been granulated.”

For more information visit the CableDNA website.

Sources: CableDNA
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