Devices Ripped Off Over 20 Crossings In City

September 21, 2021 | 8 Comments

City of Hamilton Bermuda September 2021Part of a device used to let people who are visually impaired and cannot see the lights know that it is safe to cross the road has been ripped off more than 20 pedestrian crossings around Hamilton, and the City has appealed to anyone with information about the matter to please contact them or the police.

A spokesperson said, “The City of Hamilton is appealing to members of the public to report any acts of vandalism they witness in the City to either the Bermuda Police Service [295-0011] or the City itself [292-1234].

“The call comes after it was discovered that an important piece has been removed from more than 20 pedestrian crossings around Hamilton – a piece which could save lives.

“The device is a rotating cone tactile device, designed to indicate to those who are visually impaired or blind [and can’t see the lights] that it is safe to cross the road.

“The cone has distinctive ridges around it and is located underneath the button which pedestrians press when they would like to cross. When the green man lights up to show that it’s time for pedestrians to cross the street, the cone starts spinning.”

City Engineer Patrick Cooper said, “This week, one of our technicians noticed that someone has ripped off the small metal cones from the underside of some of our pedestrian crossings.

“The parts have no real monetary value so we can think of no other reason why someone would do this other than to be destructive.

“These cones are a source of independence for visually impaired or blind people that cannot be underestimated, and a vital lifeline for some of the island’s most vulnerable people.

“We want to implore whoever is doing this to stop – and know that they are endangering lives by their actions.”

“If anyone knows the identities of the individuals responsible for this vandalism, they should report them to the Bermuda Police Service and the City of Hamilton.

“The cones have been a feature on most crossings in the United Kingdom since the late 1980s and provide the same information as a beeping signal but in tactile form.”

- Photo above courtesy of AGD Systems

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  1. trufth says:

    This is the latest TikTok contest – vandalism. Hoodlums video themselves vandalising something in a public space then post it to TikTok. Yes, for real.

    I think we can all agree that we are in trouble if today’s youth is still supposed to be tomorrow’s leaders.

  2. raskarr says:

    Devious lick >:)

  3. puzzled says:

    Disgusting

  4. Ringmaster says:

    Maybe the same idiot who keeps painting obscene graffiti everywhere. Do any CCTV cameras work?

  5. Question says:

    Ignorant pigs.

  6. Toodle-oo says:

    This is probably the descendants of the descendants of the people who were vandalizing everything in sight back in the 60′s
    Something new ? Something that serves a purpose ? Something that doesn’t belong to you ?
    Destroy it , smash it up and giggle all the way home .
    There’s a lot of seriously misadjusted people on this island.

  7. Hot Head says:

    Bermuda is becoming a very sad place to be. How immature ignorant and wicked one could be. People need to stop and think that it may be their love one who needs to use it one day. Or should I said or maybe yourself. Grow the hell up don’t be foolish all your life.

  8. Kathy says:

    And the thousands we spent on CCTV can’t catch even one of these 20 devices on a camera? HELLO?

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