Indiana State Police urge motorists to be on the lookout for wire thieves on highways

Wire thieves have returned to Indiana’s highways, the Indian State Police said.

Two years ago, in 2014, a rash of wire theft was effectively halted, following arrests and aggressive countermeasures put in place by the ISP and INDOT. “Now Indiana taxpayers are being ripped off again and highway safety is being compromised, all due to brazen metal scrapper thieves who are stealing the wiring from highway light poles,” the ISP said in a statement released on Thursday.

The ISP, accordingly, is appealing to the community to be vigilant and report suspicious activities immediately to 911.

How to identify a wire theft in progress:

* Look for the INDOT logo. Thieves might be suited up in construction gear, but it’s unlikely their outfits or trucks will display the INDOT name or logo.

* Is the crew working at night? INDOT crews will never engage in electrical work in the dark. Because of the wiring’s high voltage, this sort of work is extremely dangerous in the dark.

* Watch for traffic control measures. INDOT crews will always have significant traffic control to alert drivers of maintenance work. Electrical repairs are never a single-truck job, and we use large, yellow-and-white vehicles. INDOT trucks have flashing signs and crews typically use an array of cones and barrels. Thieves, on the other hand, will almost always have a single truck, and will try to appear as discreet as possible. They have also been known to pose as a stalled motorist.

* Suspicious activity. Does something seem amiss, but you just can’t put your finger on it? Report it, just in case.

“Despite additional security measures, and the mortal danger presented by stealing live electrical wires, the thieves persist, especially along I-80/94 and Cline Avenue in Northwest Indiana,” the ISP said. “The result is darkened highways, threatening the safety of drivers, and a growing cost to Indiana taxpayers as INDOT crews replace missing wires to relight highways.”

Wire Theft Impact

“Copper theft is a wasteful drain on taxpayer dollars,” the ISP noted. “Breaking into a single junction box can result in a $4,000 to $15,000 loss, depending on the thickness of wire stolen and damage to the box. Often, thieves will target multiple boxes in one night.”

“Wire theft also threatens highway safety,” the ISP added. “Without signals and lights, drivers can become confused or find it hard to see ahead of them. Without overhead signs to communicate about collisions ahead, drivers can’t effectively plan their routes.”

Originally published here.

Are data centers overlooking physical security needs?

From a physical security perspective, common criminals pose the greatest threat to data centers. Not only have money-motivated criminals demonstrated both the intent and ability to steal and destroy information-laden equipment thought to be ‘safe’ within ‘high-security’ data centers worldwide, but they have also exposed weaknesses that other perpetrators with even more damaging agendas might try to exploit.

Within the past 10 years, exemplary criminal attacks at major data centers have ranged from opportunistic to shockingly brutal. In 2015, the theft of a storage device from a Royal Sun Alliance’s data center exposed thousands of Lloyds TSB customer names, addresses, bank, accounts and sort details.

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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!

Hand hole entry leads to $50,000 in fiber optic cable damage

HawaiiPolice are investigating damage to a fiber optic cable network linking Mauna Kea observatories to the University of Hawaii. Hawaii County Police have initiated a criminal property damage case in connection with the incident that appears to have occurred months ago.

“Technicians reportedly determined that a fiber optics cable in a conduit located about halfway between Hale Pōhaku and the summit had been tampered with and then pushed back into the conduit to avoid detection. Damages were estimated at $50,000. The damage occurred in a “hand hole” next to a service road about 700 feet from Mauna Kea Access Road.” 

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Why IT now has a hand in physical security

The IoT movement requires physical security, too.

Traditionally, the roles of digital and physical security in organizations have been kept separate and distinct.

Physical security systems, including analog CCTV video surveillance and access control, were the responsibility of facilities management and security teams. In the digital realm, IT was responsible for securing the network and protecting against cyberattacks.

This convenient difference is now blurring. IT’s role is shifting dramatically as organizations have moved from analog to IP-based video surveillance, along with the massive growth of connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). Now, IT departments must understand how the convergence of IoT and physical security broadly affects their healthcare organizations, and how it can support opportunities for growth.

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Replacing Tulsa’s damaged street lights could take two years

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Street Light Vandals in Tulsa

Copper thieves target Tulsa street lights

Tulsa city council members learned it might take a year-and-a-half to finish replacing Tulsa’s damaged and outdated street lights.

The update comes as city workers report thieves struck again, stealing copper from at least two lights last month.

Last summer, thieves went after light poles all over Tulsa – stealing the copper wiring to sell for money. Since then, the city put together a task force to address the problem and get the lights back on – so far, they’re only 15 percent done with the project.

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The TxDOT is fighting back against copper theft from highway light poles

Lightpole Theft DFWThe Texas Department of Transportation’s Fort Worth District working to prevent copper thefts after thieves have stolen more than 37 miles of wiring in recent years.

TxDOT officials said the theft of about 200,000 linear feet of wiring from light poles has knocked out power to highway lights in heavily-traveled areas.

“It’s a safety issue,” TxDOT’s Michael Peters said. “As soon as we replace it, weeks later it is stripped out again.”

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Missing handhole and light pole covers present dangers to Columbus, Ohio residents


High voltage wires exposed due to missing cover panels

City traffic lights are designed to keep you safe, but many contain hidden dangers that can put anyone at risk who touch them.

An ABC 6/FOX 28 investigation discovered dozens of high voltage wires can be seen from inside city light and traffic poles after security access panels were stolen, damaged, or vandalized.

“Why are they open like that?” asked Jacqueline Clark, when we showed her live wires hanging inside a traffic light pole located in front of the Columbus Library’s South High branch.

Clark regularly walks past the intersection of Highview and South High Streets with her six-year-old grandson CJ and now worries kids his age will try to throw things into the open access panels which are located at the bottom of utility poles.

“They’ll try and put a rock in there or a little car, I would be a bit concerned,” said Clark.

There are opened handhole covers at all four corners at the South Columbus intersection.

“There is high voltage there,” said Accurate Electric’s Jeremy Bolton, when he was asked to test the hot wires that can be seen from the sidewalk.

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Copper thieves hit public park lamp posts and cause extensive damage

Open lamp post with copper removedCopper thieves hit Gorge Park in Victoria last week, stripping lamp posts and damaging the system to the point that it must now be replaced.Copper thieves hit Gorge Park in Victoria this week, stripping lamp posts and damaging the system to the point that it must now be replaced.


“The way they went about it is forcing us to look at trying to replace the entire system. They disconnected the wire at the junction boxes and by doing that they removed any possibility of us having a quick fix,” said Jeff Miller of the Esquimalt parks department.

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California fiber networks repeatedly attacked by vandals

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The attacker struck close to midnight, climbing into a manhole at the mouth of California’s Niles Canyon and slicing a series of cables that collectively carried billions of bits of Internet data.

Hundreds of miles away at a Zayo Group Holdings Inc. network operations center in Tulsa, Okla., engineers saw the disruption immediately and later a second break made further up the road the same February night.

As monitoring software lighted up with red bars indicating several circuit failures, technicians pinpointed the breaches at a familiar place—the site of two previous cuts. Several months later, in June, Fremont, Calif., police reported a fifth cut.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says San Francisco’s Bay Area has suffered more than a dozen attacks on its fiber optic infrastructure over the past year. The attacks slow Internet service and disrupt financial transactions and emergency phone calls.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal