Copper thieves knock out 24 Oahu traffic cameras

Published On: Nov 06 2013 01:26:00 PM HST

In the attempt to steal copper from under the H-1 freeway, copper thieves instead cut in to cables that knocked out the signal to two dozen Oahu traffic cameras.

HONOLULU -

Vandals looking for copper severed fiber optic cables in two locations near Middle Street, caused 24 of the city’s traffic cameras to go offline, according to city officials.

Click here to watch Nana Ohkawa's report.

The cameras out of service include those on the Airport Viaduct east and west-bound, on Fort Weaver Road, and all 18 in Kaneohe.

The vandalism was discovered Monday morning and is believed to have occurred over the weekend. The Department of Transportation Services estimates that it will take 30 days to replace and repair the damaged cables at taxpayer expense. The department is also looking into the feasibility of a temporary fix to get the cameras back online sooner.

The cost of replacement and repair is still being determined. The preliminary estimate is in the range of $10,000.

PVC conduits were severed at two locations:
• Under the Middle Street bridge at Kamehameha Hwy
• Under H-1 near Middle Street (OTS) mid-street signalized crosswalk

The department would like to thank the public in advance for their patience and understanding while the cable is being repaired. Anyone with information about the theft attempt is asked to call the Honolulu Police Department.

Note that the cameras themselves are not damaged, only the fiber optic cable. Without the cable, the signal does not reach the Traffic Management Center and the public.

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