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Cables under H-1 vandalized, knocking out 35 traffic cams

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:27 p.m. HST, Dec 26, 2013

For the second time in two months, vandals knocked out several dozen traffic cameras across Oahu by ripping out fiber optic cables at a site under the H-1 freeway.

Some 35 traffic cameras in the Pearl City and Kaneohe areas are not working and likely will stay that way for up to 30 days, according to Department of Transportation Services Mike Formby. Officials discovered the latest round of vandalism 2 a.m. Wednesday, Formby said. 

The site is secured by the Department of Emergency Services with a 15-foot foot-tall barbed-wire fence. However, Formby said city officials believe vandals accessed the site from the freeway above, where they severed the PVC plastic conduits and then cut through iron conduits below.

"They went through metal. I don't know what's next," Formby said Thursday. He said he's instructed DTS engineers to look into better ways to protect the lines from what's believed to be copper thieves (even though there's no copper to be stolen).

Similar acts of vandalism at the H-1 site and another location were discovered Nov. 4, knocking out 46 cameras across Oahu. Formby said the cameras were restored five days following that incident.

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bruddahcy wrote:
these guys are parasites. need to be hung up to dry. worthless humans.
on December 26,2013 | 02:29PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Energize the lines and fry that lolo.
on December 26,2013 | 02:44PM
RichardCory wrote:
It's a fiber optic cable. Are you serious?
on December 26,2013 | 03:10PM
bumba wrote:
Of course he's not serious you id iot.
on December 26,2013 | 03:28PM
jtamura69 wrote:
He's not serious. He meant energize the fence that protects the lines. LOL!!
on December 26,2013 | 03:58PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Richard, I think what he means is what I have come to think is a viable solution. Since hooligans in our society have no respect for the property of others and don't care that they inconvenience the community or cause dangerous situations when they black out street lights when they steal copper or prevent traffic signal coordination when they black out the fiber optics of the traffic cams, the legislature should pass a law giving DTS sovereign immunity for electrifying with lethal voltage the conduits in which the cables run, then install a copper mesh on the inside of the conduit with lethal voltage so when the hooligans cut through the conduit they get electrocuted badly. These are crimes of premeditation. If the criminal knows that he might die he will stop the offensive behavior.
on December 26,2013 | 05:46PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Solution: better parenting and less unprotected sex.
on December 26,2013 | 10:45PM
IAmSane wrote:
This kills the cable.
on December 26,2013 | 03:27PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I wish those guys would cut Oceanic Cables. I work for Hawaiian Telcom.
on December 26,2013 | 10:29PM
bumba wrote:
How's this - offer a HUGE reward, and when the lolo's are caught, hang'em. Under the freeway. And leave them there for a month. Now THAT'S a deterrent.
on December 26,2013 | 03:30PM
jtamura69 wrote:
Sounds good!!!
on December 26,2013 | 03:56PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
We know what's going to happen next. After TheTrain is set to roll in 2017, they will do Cayetano a favor by cutting lines under TheTrain to bring it to a screeching halt.
on December 26,2013 | 10:31PM
MKN wrote:
Maybe they should put on the fiber optic conduits and junction boxes labels saying that they contain fiber optic cables? Too bad we can't booby trap them with a proximity alarm that reports the exact location of the damage and maybe have something fire sleeping darts at them. That way we could catch these guys. They should make anyone caught doing this spend a mandatory 10 years in jail or something because they are jeopardizing public safety by knocking out traffic cameras or freeway lights.
on December 26,2013 | 03:01PM
Skyler wrote:
Doubt the lolos doing it can read.
on December 26,2013 | 04:50PM
hawaiikone wrote:
$1000 bounty, dead or alive. End of story.
on December 26,2013 | 05:10PM
SaySomethingNow wrote:
There is nothing that will be done to correct these acts of vandalism. The culprits are mixed in with the homeless that truly have nowhere to live or have medical issues that cause them to refuse to live in a shelter. So called villages or clans band together and they have their own little battles, they have their "businesses" and their "condos" and the ever present drug traffic and manufacturing. The state won't prosecute or move them out. The State comes along every so often and cleans out all trash, the heads up goes out a couple days in advance so the important things can be moved out to another location or onto the sidewalk fronting surrounding businesses. Once the grounds are cleared they move back in. Nothing will be done to remedy this. John Q. Public gets stuck with the bill for cleaning, repairing and replacing.
on December 26,2013 | 03:35PM
ficklin wrote:
It should be illegal to sell any wire as scrap unless you have an electrical contractor's license. If there's no market to sell the wire, the attempts to steal it should stop.
on December 26,2013 | 03:52PM
50Kamaaina wrote:
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Follows in the definition of insanity, repeating the same action but expecting different results. Time to fix the problem, not Band-Aid the damage.
on December 26,2013 | 03:53PM
SteveToo wrote:
Need to install high voltage fence. Fry the bas......ds.
on December 26,2013 | 03:58PM
hikine wrote:
How did they get out of the barbed wire fencing after they cut the conduit unless they climbed up a rope! The top of the fence should be blocked off and electrified.
on December 26,2013 | 04:00PM
syhud wrote:
Did allie finally go back to her reservation? Haven't seen her postings lately. Please tell me I'm right.
on December 26,2013 | 04:14PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
She cut the lines so she's hiding.
on December 26,2013 | 10:35PM
cojef wrote:
Misfits of society who have no sense of responsibility to the community in which they live.
on December 26,2013 | 04:16PM
syhud wrote:
Pig hunters will hunt them down for FREE!
on December 26,2013 | 04:29PM
groinksan wrote:
Make the traffic cams wireless, run by solar panels.
on December 26,2013 | 04:32PM
localguy wrote:
High school kids would just hack the feed, fill it with other information or just jam it.
on December 26,2013 | 05:59PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Just a local guy, not educated?
on December 26,2013 | 10:46PM
localguy wrote:
Some areas under highways in California are blocked with rows of thick galvanized pipe filled with concrete or gravel. Too close together to squeeze through, too thick to easily saw through. One gets the impression Hawaii DOT just hasn't got a clue how to keep the cables safe. Nothing unusual here, so many areas DOT hasn't got a clue. Their standard.
on December 26,2013 | 05:58PM
Haoulie wrote:
Maybe its time to start getting a lot more serious with the crime, and its a crime that effects every person on these islands. If you get caught you get 20 years hard labor. Oh yes, my suggestion, send them and other criminals to an island that has nothing. Let them find away to live all by themselves because they do not care about living here in paradise. And you can send the people who buy the stuff fro the crook , don't tell me they have no idea where its coming from!
on December 26,2013 | 06:59PM
Kruzah wrote:
These A55-holes!! I depend on these cameras to check on traffic during rush hours. Need to catch them NOW!
on December 26,2013 | 07:51PM
nitpikker wrote:
crack down on the recyclers. despite their claims of too much regulations, apparently the crooks don't find any problems cashing in their stolen copper!!
on December 26,2013 | 08:25PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Sharpshooters or snipers should be positioned at different points where such vandalism might occur...with their night scopes and telescopic lens, these snipers should "shoot to kill" anyone they see vandalizing such acts...plez, don't give me this "weeping willow" complaint that its too drastic...tired of these idiots doing idiot things,,,geezus, enough is enough,...just pick them off one at a time and word will spread and these incidents will stop...trust me on this....nothing more and nothing less.
on December 26,2013 | 09:23PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Sharpshooters should be positioned at different vantage points where they suspect such vandalism acts might occur and then when these police sharpshooters see these idiots doing these criminal acts, well, you draw your own conclusion what should happen.
on December 26,2013 | 09:24PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Copperwire9 is nowhere to be found in these threads. See I told u he did it.
on December 26,2013 | 10:33PM
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