GLOBE FLAGS ALARMING RISE OF BATTERY THEFT IN NETWORK FACILITIES
Leading digital solutions platform Globe has noted a sharp rise in cases of battery theft in its network facilities, with 834 lost to thieves in the first half of the year, around 2.4 times higher than the 352 cases recorded for the entire 2022.
Breaking down the figures regionally, Mindanao booked the highest number of incidents with 424, followed by Visayas with 363 and the Greater Manila Area with 47.
The batteries are crucial as backup power during area-specific commercial power outages, particularly in times of disaster. Without them, affected localities become vulnerable to telco service interruptions.
Over the past two months alone, Globe reported two incidents of battery theft in Metro Manila that occurred in broad daylight: one in Malabon on September 23 and another in Tondo on October 20.
“Battery theft, especially those brazenly carried out during the day, are a stark reminder of the challenges we face. While we’re dedicated to ensuring 24/7 reliability, the increasing incidents of battery theft undermine our ability to maintain uninterrupted service, especially during power outages,” said Mike Honig, Globe Head of Network Field Maintenance for GMA.
While Globe is working with local authorities, it is urging Local Government Units (LGUs) to conduct random inspections in their areas since communities will also benefit from securing the equipment of telecom providers.
Likewise, Globe warned the public that buying stolen property is subject to legal action. Those caught colluding in the purchase and sale of such property will also face legal consequences.
To report incidents of battery theft, please contact Globe Security Command 09176888545 or report to the Philippine National Police via 24/7 helpline 16677 or the nearest police station.