There has been a recent spate of thefts involving telephones line in the Portlaw area of Whitestown.
This crime has been a reoccuring problem for the local area as it has happened 4 times in the past two years.
Many robberies of this nature often target copper cylinders or pipes within houses but now thieves are resorting to more unusual souces.
Speaking in Déise Today, Sinn Féin councellor Declan Clune explained the damaging effects this crime has on the community.
It effects many in the area who use the Senior Altert system where the can activate an emergency pendant or watch which then places a call to emergency services. Unfortunately without the phone lines in place this system is unavailable.
The Portlaw area has unreliable mobile service so this leaves those more vunerable in the community at risk as they cannot get in contact in cases of emergency, Clune called this a “community lifeline”.