The story appears on

Page A4

November 15, 2013

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro » Society

Traffic lights to have alarms after thefts increase

Shanghai’s traffic authority is to install alarms on traffic lights and their cables across the city, in a bid to tackle increasing instances of theft, officials said yesterday.

These are stolen for the copper wire in cables and metals in the traffic lights which are sold for scrap.

Some 228 traffic lights and cables were stolen at Hongqiao Traffic Hub early this year, causing millions of yuan in economic losses, an official with the local traffic lamp management authority said.

The Jiading-Minhang and Beidi elevated highways were plunged into darkness for over a month because of thefts.

Similar cases have also occurred in Chuansha and Zhangjiang areas in the Pudong New Area.

“The alarm system will be triggered when electrical wires are cut or doors on traffic lights are opened,” the official said.

And some 500,000 traffic lights in the most vulnerable areas will be fitted with GPS.

Meanwhile, all traffic lights on the Inner Ring Road will be changed to energy-saving lamps that need 50 percent less electricity while still producing the same light, said the bureau.



Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend