Oakland Removes Traffic Lights amid Thefts Blamed on Homeless

City officials in Oakland, California, have removed traffic lights from intersections and replaced them with stop signs amid a rampant number of thefts linked to homeless encampments.

Neighbors claim people are stealing copper wire, city infrastructure, Fox News report Sunday. Despite authorities installing cement barriers over electrical boxes to prevent people from tampering with them, the problem apparently persists.

Officials have since removed traffic lights at certain intersections, and drivers must stop at a red stop sign in their place.

CBS News reporter Dar Lin said: driving As he drove through the area of ​​East 12th Street and 16th Street, he noticed the light was out. His investigation revealed that authorities decided to replace it with a stop sign because people kept stealing the copper, the newspaper reported Friday.

“This just shows that the city is abandoning us. The city has tried to fix the traffic lights at least a few times. But once they fix them, they usually break down again within a week or so. ” said Tam Le of Le’s Auto Body and Engine Repair Shop.

He added that to resolve the stop sign issue, authorities will need to clean up the homeless encampment, which spans three blocks.

Violent crime in the region increased by 22 percent in 2024, Fox reported.

In April, Breitbart News reported that Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced that hundreds of vehicles would be installed on highways in and around Oakland to be used in the fight against criminal activity plaguing the region. He reportedly said he would send surveillance cameras.

The outlet continued:

Newsom dismissed any criticism of the move and its invasion of privacy, saying the surveillance network will “effectively combat criminal activity, hold perpetrators accountable, and build safer and stronger communities for all Californians.” He said it would provide law enforcement tools for

Crime in this city of about 400,000 people across the bay from San Francisco has been on the rise for the past 12 months, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The stop sign at the Oakland intersection is reportedly temporary. However, according to the FOX article, officials have not said when the traffic lights will be put back in place.

According to Breitbart News, in May 2023, hundreds of Oakland residents gathered at a community safety meeting to demand that the city take action against crime in their area.

One neighbor said he and others were “victims of a failed progressive utopia.”