Experts warn against burglary of electronic traffic signs
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – You may have seen electronic road signs around town saying things they aren’t supposed to do.
But why? The latest event happened last night, and it quickly went viral.
We’ve all seen signs that say things like ‘no exit on Cortaro’ or ‘right lane closed ahead’, but lately there has been some unwanted customization.
And a manager says it can get dangerous.
The sign is now off today, but last night it said “coming zombies”.
“I don’t like it, although it’s funny. It kind of breaks your – if you line up and wait in traffic, that makes it interesting, ”says Ed Carter, general manager of Ajax Barricade Co.
Sure, it’s worth a laugh, but Carter says they’re up for a reason and it can lead to problems.
“It can end up causing accidents and … life or death.”
These panels are usually installed by contractors who are undertaking a construction project. In April, a viewer sent us a photo, showing another break-in situation.
And Eric Horne, who has managed Desert Barricades for 15 years, says it’s really a quick fix to make sure this stops happening.
“It’s very simple security, keep them locked up. As long as they’re locked up, it takes – well, I wouldn’t say it takes an act of God, but it takes a little effort and someone’s going to catch you. So that’s it. With a simple lock box, lock. Instead of making it accessible to everyone, ”says Horne.
Horne tells KOLD that this system intrusion can happen because a large number of people have worked in the construction industry and understand the technology.
But before you think about telling your cousin in construction …
” Do not do it. While it can be fun, don’t break a thing!
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