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3 Red Light Cameras Stolen from South & Gridley Intersection in Cerritos

Three Nikon digital cameras worth roughly $14,000 were stolen from the busy Cerritos intersection during the period of April 24 and May 16, according to the Cerritos Sheriff's Station.

A sheriff's investigation is under way today into the theft of three red light cameras valued at roughly $14,000 that were stolen from the intersection of South Street and Gridley Road near  several weeks ago.

American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (ATS), the company that installs and monitors the city's red light cameras, reported the Nikon digital cameras missing to the  on May 16. The cameras are used in conjunction with video cameras at South Street and Gridley Road to capture still photographs when a motorist blows through a red light. 

"No photos were being captured from the violations occurring at the intersection for some time," prompting ATS representatives to check on the cameras, said Cerritos sheriff's deputy Tim Britt. It is believed the equipment was stolen during the period of April 24 and May 16, according to the sheriff's station.

Britt said the thief would have likely had to use a ladder or lift truck because the cameras are located considerably high on the street poles. "Nothing was cut and everything was done as if the cameras were being serviced, so obviously it was someone who knew what they were doing, knew how to break into the casing, unhook the cameras and steal them."

The three cameras were replaced by ATS within a few days after they were discovered missing, the deputy added.

Investigators are still reviewing video from the intersection that may lead to the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone who may have seen something suspicious during the period the cameras were believed to have been stolen is asked to call the Cerritos Sheriff's Station at (562) 860-0044.

"If someone may have witnessed something strange at the intersection, we'd love to talk to them," Britt said.

The use of red light traffic cameras in Cerritos was approved by the city council in 2002, and the system is currently implemented at three city intersections:

  • South Street and Gridley Road
  • South Street and Studebaker Road
  • Bloomfield Avenue and Artesia Boulevard

In 2002, a total of 24 red-light violation-triggered collisions were reported, compared to just four accidents attributed to the red-light infractions in 2011, according to a city report.

"They've had a positive affect on accidents in those intersections almost immediately," Britt said. "Accidents really went down as soon as the red light cameras were used in the city in 2003. They've done their job and really have decreased the amount of traffic collisions in those intersection -- mainly broadside accidents -- the type of accidents that can really hurt, or even kill people."

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Tucker Brugh June 07, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Studies have all concluded: The number of broad side collisions has decreased, while the number of rear end accidents caused by the fear of being caught by the cameras and sudden stopping, has increaded dramatically. Cost benefit: ZERO, if not negative. Get "Big Brother" out of our pockets and prying into every right turn on red without stopping, etc. etc. Remove the cameras. Sick of the intrusion.
Stephen June 07, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Be wary of acceptng safety claims from the scamera side. The vendors have their FINGERPRINTS IN THOSE "safety" claims! http://www.banthecams.org/2782-3-examples-of-likely-involvement-by-the-scamera-vendors-in-reports.html FIGHT THE RLC FRAUD www.motorists.org www.banthecams.org camerafraud on Facebook
James C. Walker June 07, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Red light cameras are about $$$$$$$$$$$, not safety. See the science and unbiased research on our website. The only real solution is a total ban on the use of ticket cameras. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association, www.motorists.org, Ann Arbor, MI
Concerned Resident June 07, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Good riddance, those cameras were a nuisance.
Mary June 07, 2012 at 03:42 PM
It's all about the money, the city doesn't care about the people. With the cameras i've seen people speed up to beat the red light and end up rear ending the car in front of them. One time i was on Gridley and Sourh i stopped and when it was safe i made a right turn. The camera went off and i got a tix for $372.00. I couldn't believe it! Good Riddance with those cameras.
Jeff Cohn June 07, 2012 at 08:24 PM
We have these cameras and others in the area listed in the database on http://www.PhotoEnforced.com
Mark Briggs September 28, 2012 at 04:51 PM
We have a great alternative to speeding tickets. Try <a href="www.trapster.com">Trapster to avoid speeding tickets and other road hazards.</a>
Jay Samin October 11, 2012 at 04:46 PM
After the City makes money, they will inform the public the cameras will be of no use. But, in reality, these cameras are most likely to keep an extra eye on you. I'm sure their not going to spend all that money for nothing. Everything is a reality show. No more privacy!!

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