On 10 January 2011, another meeting of a working group on infrastructure thefts took place at the seat of the Office of Electronic Communications.
As announced, the meeting was attended by representatives of the Police Headquarters who presented data concerning infrastructure thefts. The data shows that despite gradual decline of infrastructure thefts since 2004, increased criminal activity in this filed has been reported since 2010. Almost 2/3 of such cases occur in the area of Katowice.
To increase the detection of crimes of infrastructure thefts and dealing in stolen property, it was decided that a common catalogue of infrastructure elements which often fall victim to criminals should be prepared for interested parties and geographic areas with the highest frequency of such thefts should be indicated.
Another proposal of the working group intended to increase the effectiveness of cooperation is the establishment of special police groups to fight the theft of infrastructure. The appointment of such specialised groups, for example to fight against car thefts, has led to a reduction in the number of stolen cars by five times in recent years.
The meeting participants pointed out that it is necessary to appoint coordinators of activities at the provincial level, both representatives of the Police and the industry, in order to create a smooth and quick channel for the exchange of information.
They referred to a well functioning model of cooperation between the Police and the industry, used during the campaign, "You don't react - you agree', conducted under the patronage of the Police headquarters in Katowice and TVP. Also an idea emerged to include in the project insurance companies which indirectly bear the cost of thefts.
In addition, the working group plans to create a website, entirely dedicated to the issues of infrastructure thefts.
The next meeting of the working group, to be attended by the representatives of media, judges and prosecutors, was scheduled for 31 January 2012.