Frustrated with random power outages? Stranded, without phone connections or transport? Finally, crack investigators have real tools to fight back and bring cable theft criminals to book. The crime trend of cable theft borders on sabotage, as it targets copper cables from essential infrastructure such as power lines and communication networks. Highly organised syndicates rake in millions of Rands in this illicit trade. Carte Blanche meets law enforcers who are now able to take back the turf effectively, as new legislation ensures punishment that fits the crime, with sentences exceeding those for murder, for those caught stealing or selling stolen copper cables.