Friday, August 5, 2011
If A Wire Dangles In The North End ..... Does Anyone Care?
As a good citizen, I called the police to notify them of a potential danger. I said I was not sure exactly which house it came from, but had a good idea. I said it was a safety danger because kids might get hurt around it. And I asked if they could take care of the issue.
This was the second time I called the police regarding a wire dangling from above in the back lane. The last time was about a week ago. And that wire was inside a dumpster. I could not tell what kind of wire it was, but said there were no sparks, smoke, odd odors (other than garbage) or fire associated with these wires. Last time the fire department was alerted and I was told to stay clear of the area.
That's not the way the conversation went today. Today, I was told the police may or may not drive by. I was told it might be a safety concern regarding children, but it is not really a police issue. After stating to the person on the other end of the non-emergency phone line that I highly suspect the landlord of doing this act, and saying it was the second time I called within a short time regarding this sort of incident, and stating that I would like something done about these landlords that seem to think it is ok to cut the line at the house and leave it dangling in the lane, I was told it was not really a police matter. I was asked how I know it was a landlord. My only answer was that there seems to be a pattern. New owner takes over house, work is being done on the house, wire ends up in or around the dumpster, cut from said house. That does not seem random at all to me. I even suggested the owner of the residence likely gets charged by the Utility Company, if they are called to disconnect the line. So, the owner likely just snips the wire themselves and leaves a hazard in the back lane, dangling from power lines.
What if some kid starts pulling on the wire? What if they decide to climb it? What if their actions pull a few other wires down in the process? To me, it seems like a safety issue, and really should be dealt with. I am not even sure the police will be contacting the appropriate company to deal with the coax cable, never mind talking to the owner of the residence about their actions.
I guess I will have to go back out there and see if I could make sense of the tags at the end of the wire, to see who I should call about this safety hazard in my back lane.
I think it is a Shaw cable line. But there is a 2 hr wait on the phone, and no option to report downed lines. Maybe I will try later today. I cannot stay on the line that long.
Got through to Shaw cable Saturday morning, reported wire dangling from infrastructure in back lane. Advised possible danger if children play with it or swing from it.
Posted by raespace at 3:15 PM