After apparent copper theft attempt, exposed live wires shock man on L.A. sidewalk

A 21-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition after he was shocked by live wires on a public sidewalk in Boyle Heights.

Firefighters responded to the area near Boyle and 6th streets shortly after midnight on Wednesday following a report of a male being shocked from exposed wires at the base of a light pole.The man, identified by family as Eddie V., was transported to Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was notified of the incident, fire officials said.

As of Friday, family members said Eddie remains hospitalized in critical condition.

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Olympics mark LockDown’s 20th year


As the Olympics are about to kick off in Rio, Atlantans are reminiscing about hosting the 1996 games. How is it possible that was 20 years ago? That means we mark another 20th anniversary: the birth of LockDown Inc., born from a need to secure manholes within the Olympic ring.

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It began with our president, David L. Barton. In 1973, he founded Barton Southern, a specialty construction company that repaired underground infrastructure. The company was known for the quality of its work, innovation and ability to solve problems. One of its best customers was BellSouth, now AT&T, which owned most of the communications cabling covering the metro Atlanta area.

The opportunity

Because of Barton Southern’s reputation for problem-solving, BellSouth approached Barton in 1996 to help solve a pressing problem: BellSouth’s miles of critical communications infrastructure would be vital to a successful Olympics. They worried that terrorists might access their underground vaults via manholes and cut cables to disrupt communications.

Finding a solution

A team at Barton Southern went to work to find a solution. They designed and produced a number of prototype LockDown™ devices. Ultimately some 700 manhole security devices were installed prior to the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. The LockDown™ devices did their job. LockDown Inc. was born.

The legacy

Since then, more than 70,000 patented LockDown™ devices have been installed worldwide. They secured two Super Bowls and are in place at technology and communication companies, universities, manufacturing facilities, airports and municipalities. More than 150 military bases, embassies, the Pentagon and the White House all trust LockDowns to stay secure.

We remain solutions-oriented and innovative. The LockDown product line has expanded to solve other access problems. Thank you to all of our clients and contractors for 20 years of success and counting!

LockDown devices secure manholes at Super Bowl site

Problem: Super Bowl 50 drew worldwide media and many more fans than the 68,500 that Levi’s Stadium can hold. The event was also a tall order from logistical and security perspectives. Unsecured manholes in Santa Clara, California, posed a threat to event security and communications continuity.

Solution: More than 50 LockDown devices were installed to minimize that threat. The device sits inside manholes under the cover to prevent unauthorized access. They have been installed in military bases worldwide, at the Pentagon, in airports, telecomm areas, data centers and retail areas.

The device was developed for and used to secure the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. It is made of corrosion- and tamper-resistant, 12-gauge stainless steel, with no moving parts. It is fast and easy to install, and includes a lock guard and simple removal with the key. Modification of the manhole is typically not required.

Result: They have a success rate of 99.99 percent across more than 70,000 installs in some of the world’s most sensitive areas. This was the second Super Bowl secured with the LockDown device. 866/399-2512; www.lockdowninc.com.


As originally published in the April 2016 issue of Municipal Sewer & Water Magazine. You can view the original post here.

“No copper left to steal”

Reported copper theft on Guam declined by 43 percent in a year. That sounds like good news, but the underlying reason is less rosy.

According to the senator pushing for legislation to eliminate the market for stolen copper:

“From my sources and the experts, they say the reason why the drop is because there’s no more copper wire for them to steal…..They stole it all.” Read the full story.

Our LightpoleLock and SkirtLock can prevent theft of wiring and other vandalism to street lights and similar lights in ballparks, parking lots, etc.

Come see us at BICSI 2015

If you are in Las Vegas attending the BICSI 2015 Fall Conference, we hope you will stop by and see us in booth 623. That is smack in the middle of aisle 600. We would love to tell you about the solutions we offer for physically securing access to your infrastructure. This includes manholes, vaults, enclosures, grease traps, storage tanks and lightpoles. LockDown devices are securing some of the world’s most sensitive locations, both government and industry, let’s talk about what we can do to keep your property and systems secure.

Why Kentucky is moving to LightpoleLock

A Kentucky couple pleaded guilty to stealing copper wire from highway light poles across nine counties. The 33 criminal charges include 28 felonies. In addition to endangering motorists, their crime spree cost Kentucky taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

According to Kentucky’s State Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock in a statement, “Theft of copper wire from highway lights has caused millions of dollars in damage — damage that far exceeds the value of the wire when it is sold for salvage.”

Those millions of dollars in damage are one of the reasons that Kentucky is in the midst of installing LightpoleLocks across the state.

A lightpole in Kentucky that has been stripped of its copper wire.

Photo provided by the Office of the Inspector General, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet




Stop theft of wire from light poles

Rising copper prices are driving an epidemic of theft of wiring, including from light poles. The result is unsafe conditions, loss of service to customers and costly repairs for the owner.

LockDown Inc. introduces two security devices that will help prevent vandalism and the theft of valuable wiring from light poles: LightpoleLock and SkirtLock.

LightpoleLock is a device to prevent theft of copper wire

The LightpoleLock secures base mounted light poles.

The LightpoleLock is designed to secure the hand hole of base mounted light poles. This patent-pending locking cover is secured with a drill-resistant cylinder lock keyed to customer specification with key data maintained by LockDown Inc. The locking mechanism is surrounded by an anodized aluminum cylinder with a weatherproof stainless steel lid.


SkirtLock secures ground mounted light poles.

The SkirtLock secures access to ground mounted light poles. The device is easy to install—one-person installation takes less than a minute—and it can be easily removed with its key for unobstructed access to the light pole base. Multiple sizes are available. This too has a drill-resistant cylinder lock keyed to the customer’s specification with key data maintained by LockDown. The locking mechanism on the SkirtLock also is surrounded by an anodized aluminum cylinder with a weatherproof stainless steel lid.

We are the largest manufacturer of infrastructure security devices in the world. Our premier devices, the LockDown and LockDown XP, have more than 70,000 installations around the world. They secure some of the world’s most sensitive locations, including the White House, Pentagon, military bases and embassies.

Is federal metal theft legislation the answer?

In the wake of the recent theft of copper wire that knocked out service to two New York City subway lines, N.Y. Sen. Charles Schumer introduced federal legislation intended to deter metal theft. Putting some teeth in enforcement of the crime is important. However, there are many instances where such thefts could be prevented in the first place if municipalities, transportation authorities, DOTs and others used available infrastructure security devices, including those from LockDown Inc. The cost of securing infrastructure, such as lightpoles, pullboxes and manholes, is far less expensive in the long run than the repairs needed following theft of wire.