Fremont video surveillance cameras

I’m working on two stories today and will not get to this until next week, but I saw this email today from Fremont police’s Nixle account. Given the latest news about the NSA and Verizon Wireless, I imagine some will say this is a sign of creeping police state. On the other hand, others will say we should do whatever deters criminals from committing crimes. Either way, here’s the Nixle message:

“In recent weeks, Fremont Police Detectives and Patrol Officers have relied heavily upon private video to investigate criminal activity in our community.  Technology is becoming increasingly more cost effective and is a great deterrent to prevent crime as well as solve crime.  In one of our south end neighborhoods, residents collaborated to raise funds and installed several community neighborhood cameras.  In addition, more than 20 of the 150+ residents installed private residential cameras to better safeguard their neighborhood.  Since doing so last October, the neighborhood has not had one residential burglary!  This is a great success story for the City’s Neighborhood Crime Watch program and a true community-police partnership.

Do you have a residential, neighborhood or business video surveillance camera?  If so, we’d like to hear from you.  We recently added a registration form on our website that allows our community to register private cameras with us.  The registration and sharing of information is 100% optional and not required.  Your information will only be shared with officers and law enforcement personnel who are investigating a crime in the vicinity of where your camera is located.

If you don’t yet have a camera system and are thinking about getting one, we have also added some tips for residential and neighborhood camera installation in the form of a guide on our website.  You can view all of our video surveillance information at www.fremontpolice.org/videosurveillance.

To skip the information and go directly to the registration form, go to www.fremontpolice.org/registercamera.”

Also, Fremont’s surveillance camera web page says this:

Do you currently utilize private video surveillance at your home or business?  If you do, we’d like to hear from you.

Video surveillance is one of the best methods for apprehending criminals and convicting suspects who are caught in the act of committing a crime.  Installing video surveillance is a great example of community-police partnerships and is something we highly value as a police agency serving a very large community.

If you would like to tell us that you have video surveillance and allow officers to contact you, should a crime occur in or near where your cameras are installed, we kindly ask that you let us know by filling out our registration form.

Here’s the registration form:  http://www.fremontpolice.org/forms.aspx?fid=85



Chris DeBenedetti


  1. Can some just write a spambot to register every Fremont residence and business address into this system and render it useless?

    This isn’t a rhetorical question. I am seriously requesting that someone do this.

  2. Another Sign Of Newark’s Incompetence…..

    Traffic Commissioner Rules Newark Camera Tickets May Be Invalid
    In Fremont Traffic Court on Wednesday, June 5, a regularly assigned commissioner ruled that the City of Newark had not fully complied in 2006 with the section of the Vehicle Code which requires that the public be notified of new camera installations.

    The Commissioner dismissed the ticket against the defendant who supplied the original notice published in 2006 in the Fremont Argus which mistakenly identified the enforced approach at Cedar and Mowry. The original public noticed stated that the camera would enforce violations occurring in the eastbound directions of both Mowry and Cedar Avenues. The problem is that there is no camera enforcement for eastbound Mowry and Cedar Ave. runs north and south. The remaining question is will Newark be required to dial back the clock to Nov. 2006 and again reinstate a 30-day warning period after another public notice during which no live tickets can be issued. Another remaining question is what about the more than 20,000 motorists who have paid citations in the millions of dollars; citations which the City may not have been authorized to issue.

    Amazingly, the actual scanned newspaper article which served as the public notice is available on the Newark Police Dept. website under “Court Discovery Documents.” It has been sitting there for years and there has been only one other case that I know of where this issue was raised. Terri Hernandez, Newark’s red light enforcement technician, was quite surprised to learn of the incorrect notice.

  3. Former Fremont cop admits red light cameras do little to change driver behavior…

    Lt. Mark Riggs was in charge of Fremont’s Red Light Camera Program until 2012. He now represents Redflex, Fremont’s camera vendor. Recently he and Menlo Park police were studying the feasibility of installing a new camera. In less than one day over 100 right-on-red violations were recorded. The Menlo Park officer asked if driver behavior changes, won’t we see a drastic reduction? Riggs said the number of violations will be high for a few months and then stabilize. “I can say that most intersections that have right turns enforced continue to produce consistent numbers.” Riggs should know. Fremont has not seen a decrease in violations in over 3 years.

  4. I got my first ticket when I was 16 because I rolled through a red light to make a right turn, i.e., I did not know that one must come to a complete stop before taking a right turn on a red light. Since then I have never failed to stop before making a right turn. This is called one trial learning, an important feature of vertebrates and squids.

    The question of whether or not a camera at a particular intersection makes the intersection safer is important. However, there is another test, albeit a more difficult one: Does the camera reduce the frequency, perhaps to zero, that an individual driver runs a red light anywhere? Some of those drivers who are caught on camera once may never again run a red light no matter which intersection they cross.

  5. This one is just waaay too simple.

    You can read the data from the few independent sources and arrive at the same conclusion that Belmont just did, or, you can listen to cute anecdotes of those few soothsayers who make money off of these things.

    The bad news is that it’s about money.

    Which means that very few of our elected leaders, out of respect for their community, and, who place a value on their professional reputations, will put an end to the charade and the fleecing of their constituency.

    The rest will be content to follow and hope that no one notices the credibility thing . . . . (again).

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