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Copper thieves knock out traffic cameras

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:29 a.m. HST, Nov 07, 2013

Copper thieves struck over the weekend severing fiber-optic cables in Kalihi that blacked out 24 traffic cameras servicing Kalihi and Kaneohe.

The cameras were not damaged, but without the fiber-optic cables the signal does not reach the Traffic Management Center and the public.

Knocked out of service were the cables servicing the airport viaduct east- and west-bound, on Fort Weaver Road, and all 18 cameras in Kaneohe.

The city Department of Transportation Services estimates that it will take 30 days to replace and repair the damaged cables at a cost of more than $10,000. The department is also looking into the feasibility of a temporary fix to get the cameras back online sooner.

The conduits carrying the cables are under the Middle Street bridge at Kamehameha Highway, and under H-1 freeway near Middle Street.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the Honolulu Police Department. 

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hanabatadayz wrote:
lick these homeless fakas
on November 6,2013 | 10:53AM
false wrote:
Public whipping.
on November 6,2013 | 11:44AM
MKN wrote:
What a bunch of idiots. LOL!!!
on November 6,2013 | 11:00AM
Ichigo wrote:
Somebody is buying the copper wire from these thieves. The police should go after them too!
on November 6,2013 | 11:15AM
false wrote:
Dang, thats a great idea. Needs to put in the HPD suggestion box.
on November 6,2013 | 11:45AM
BrianW wrote:
Copper thieves must be selling the cooper to SOMEONE. Law enforcement should go after this SOMEONE and punish him big time.
on November 6,2013 | 11:17AM
nitpikker wrote:
thats what i've been saying. crack down on the recyclers. seems like a shady business to begin with. and now with the current bad press they're getting...
on November 6,2013 | 02:22PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Copper recycling is a legitimate business. The world is running out of copper ore; it was known from the 60's that man would deplete copper. The price of copper is very high now, that's why all the copper theft is going on. I say, pass a law that exempts property owners from liability if a thief electrocutes himself while stealing copper wire. Then electrify electrical conduits with lethal levels of electricity so the thieves kill themselves while trying to steal copper wire.
on November 6,2013 | 03:43PM
stingray65 wrote:
What if the law enforcement is the one that buy the coopers?
on November 6,2013 | 03:15PM
onevoice82 wrote:
You can't fit more than one cop in a cooper! They should buy a fiat 500 instead!
on November 7,2013 | 04:34AM
mcc wrote:
Time to legalize marijuana, The DEA can go after the crackheads,
on November 6,2013 | 11:21AM
inlanikai wrote:
Use RF radio links from the camera. No wires,
on November 6,2013 | 11:39AM
false wrote:
Equip copper wire hook up with explosives. Yeah!
on November 6,2013 | 11:45AM
gthx1138y wrote:
Require commercial disposal permit to recycle more than x lbs of metal at one time, or y lbs in a month.
on November 6,2013 | 12:02PM
Just another chronic day in Hawaii nei!
on November 6,2013 | 12:11PM
dufus wrote:
Damn these homeless people under bridge....!!!
on November 6,2013 | 12:14PM
gsc wrote:
Catch them and make an Example of them fakas .....
on November 6,2013 | 12:16PM
dufus wrote:
M***F homeless people..!!
on November 6,2013 | 12:17PM
waimeabi wrote:
shut down the homeless encampments in that area--and keep the squatters out!!
on November 6,2013 | 12:21PM
entrkn wrote:
Why aren't these criminals being called and prosecuted as domestic terrorists?
on November 6,2013 | 12:22PM
kailua1980 wrote:
I know this is a serious matter but I kinda had to laugh: The COPPER thieves knocked out cameras that operate on FIBER OPTIC cable...Soem people don't know just how stupid they are. What did they think it was? Clear copper?
on November 6,2013 | 12:48PM
onevoice82 wrote:
How do they know what type of wire is in the conduit until they "axe it" to see and then it is too late the damage is done. Sometimes you have to think through these things before you comment. Than again, it is probably a good thing that you do not think like a thief! Cheers.
on November 7,2013 | 04:38AM
50skane wrote:
The state should run a 1000 volt live line next to the other cables so the punks stealing the copper will get a nice surprise when they cut into the cable....
on November 6,2013 | 01:27PM
SyDag wrote:
HPD, where were you? How long does it take to find out the cameras not working?
on November 6,2013 | 01:53PM
stingray65 wrote:
Does the HPD really cares? The only way you can stop these thieves, is to shoot them on sight!! No consequences at all!!
on November 6,2013 | 03:17PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Did these thieves get any copper? The article says "fiber-optic" cables. Anyway, I thought HPD are watching all the metal recyclers and require ID etc. before the recyclers can buy copper wire. Where are the copper thieves selling the stuff?
on November 6,2013 | 05:30PM
justin_thyme wrote:
Hasn't DOTS ever heard of Wi-Fi? No copper to steal, no fiberoptic cables to cut . . . .
on November 6,2013 | 06:45PM
syhud wrote:
HPD, no can! What undercover work only happen on the cop shows on t.v.or what.
on November 6,2013 | 06:45PM
Ratrase wrote:
Fiber optics are not copper. They are glass.
on November 6,2013 | 09:07PM
krusha wrote:
They need to figure out how to better regulate the copper recycling trade in order to make it less attractive for thieves. If they go through all the trouble to get copper and don't get much for that effort, then they'll move on to other targets. I remember they tried to regulate this before, but there are probably a lot of crooked dealers who are probably accepting these stolen metals under the table instead of reporting it.
on November 7,2013 | 05:38AM
hawn wrote:
A legit business is probably buying the copper from the thieves for pennies on the pound then they are taking it to the recyclers and making the money. It's the middle man that makes the money legal or not. Crime here it's accepting stolen property. The thieves are druggies who will accept pennies on the pound just to get a few bucks. That's the reason HPD can't catch em at the recyclers. They have found a buyer and that buyers greed contributes to the public loss.
on November 7,2013 | 07:33AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
The problem is that we catch these criminals but they only serve a short time and then they are out to do it again and again. We need tougher laws that will make these criminals think twice before doing it. We need to build a prison on the Big Island to keep these criminals out of commission. A new law that adds more time for those damaging lines that serve the community's safety would be in coming. When traffic lights are knocked out the roads at night become a hazard. Cameras serve the community and so this would fall under that.
on November 7,2013 | 08:47AM
Anonymous wrote:
Should their hand be cut off for the first offense ?? Then cut off the other one for the 2nd offense ?? It works in some countries, no more thefts.
on November 7,2013 | 09:42AM
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