Hinton RCMP caution public about recent mischief to fiber optic cable that disrupted cellular services

Hinton, Alberta – On Aug. 31, 2022, and Sept. 22, 2022, Hinton RCMP received reports that fiber optic cable lines in the area of Highway 40N in the area of Jarvis Lake were cut. In one of the incidents, internet and cellular services were down to the Grande Cache area for approximately 10 hours.

Hinton RCMP believe that the fiber optic cable may have been mistaken for copper wire; however, fiber optic cable has no monetary value, but there is a serious impact to the communities served by the fiber optic cabling that includes a public safety issue as a disruption to cellular services prevents users from calling 911.

File Photo - Cell Phone
File Photo – Cell Phone

Hinton RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone with any information about this crime to please contact Hinton RCMP at 780-865-5544 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Hinton RCMP

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