Radio transmitters stolen

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

THIEVES in Mt Morgan have not only taken more than $7000 worth of communication equipment, they have also disrupted many businesses dependent on two-way radio.

Beaney's Communications' transmitter site on Mt Morgan was broken into at the weekend.

Part-owner Pam Richardson said it left their customers with no means of communication.

"We had all these calls on Monday saying the system was offline,'' she said.

"This is the first time anything like this has happened.''

In order to enter the underground transmitter site, the thieves may have used bolt cutters to remove the lock, she said.

They were also able to lift a concrete slab out of the door way, she said.

Several repeaters, a device used for transmitting radio signals, were stolen.

These repeaters were used to relay radio messages between customers' vehicles.

"I can't see how the stuff would be of any use to people,'' she said. "It's disappointing to see people stoop to this level.''

Beaney's Communications services more than 20 different clients in the area, including the rural fire brigade.

Mrs Richardson said it was a good thing there were no emergencies while the systems were down.

"I want to thank my customers, they have all been marvellous and understanding,'' she said.

"We've been working really hard.''

Mrs Richardson said more advanced security devices would be installed on their premises, including a quality alarm system.

"We had to order all new gear,'' she said.

Most of the radio systems were put back online by late yesterday. All of the devices should be working by today, she said.



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