A small San Francisco Bay area city that has experienced a rash of home-invasion robberies is proposing installing cameras to record the license plate of every vehicle that crosses city limits.
Piedmont's City Council is expected next month to take up a pilot project that would deploy twelve cameras at key intersections. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the project was approved by the city's Public Safety Committee on Thursday.
Piedmont is surrounded by Oakland, and some residents blame a recent crime surge on Oakland's crime woes.
Piedmont Police Chief Rikki Goede says the cameras could help develop leads for crimes. She says town's location makes the cameras necessary.
But critics worry the license plate data could be misused.
Tiburon in nearby Marin County has a camera aimed at the only road in and out of town.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.