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Telecom success with new public phone coin boxes



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COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LI3RARY C. I . s.

Canberra 9 April 1988

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TELECOM SUCCESS WITH NEW PUBLIC PHONE COIN BOXES

In the past year Telecom Australia has tested 600 specially made steel coin safes in public telephones in Sydney’s worst areas without even one being successfully burgled or needing replacement, the Minister for Transport and Communications

Support, Peter Morris, said today.

Mr Morris said the development and testing of the coin safe had been a great achievement and eventually could mean substantial savings for Telecom.

The safes would be installed at a rate of several thousand a year in public telephones throughout the country.

"The people who steal money from public telephones usually look for an easy break in and a quick getaway," Mr Morris said.

"Telecom is satisfied that where it has been installed the new safe has stopped that kind of theft.

"Telecom intends to insta1 them progressively across the nation and this will done in conjunction with other anti-theft measures.

Mr Morris said Australia had more than 30,000 public telephones.

The total cost of maintaining public telephones in 1986-87 had been $28.4 million.

It had been estimated that about 60 per cent of the maintenance cost - $17 million - could be attributed to vandalism and other malicious damage.

The cost of manufacturing and installing the new safe was about $500 .

"Telecom believes the safes will pay for themselves in the worst locations," Mr Morris said.