Security Changes for Golden Gate Bridge After Teens' Climb
Two teens evaded complex security measures to make it to the top of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Security officials in the bridge district of San Francisco are looking into more intense security for the Golden Gate Bridge after two teens successfully made it to the top of one of the towers without setting off any alarms.
Peter Teatime and his friend Tommy Rector dodged the bridge’s multi-million dollar security system approved by Homeland Security and climbed the 748 foot-high structure with no safety equipment last month. Local security and law officials had no idea until the YouTube video began to gain popularity weeks after the climb.
Changes are now underway in the “security infrastructure” monitoring of the cameras and patrolling on the bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District spokeswoman Priya Clemens said. The district will be conducting an independent assessment of security led by the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center.
The district said in a statement that the security system is in place to keep people from harming the bridge, but acknowledged that the trespassing incident “raises questions about how such an unauthorized climb was possible.”
In an interview with CBS News, Teatime said he noticed the tough security measures.
“I will say security is really tough,” Teatime said. “They have motion detectors, cameras. I have a lot of experience with stuff like this, so I was able to get around and on the cables.”