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Fremont considering installing surveillance cameras, license plate readers

FREMONT — Investigators increasingly have relied on residents’ private security cameras to find and arrest burglars, lowering the city’s burglary rate last year by nearly 30 percent.

Fremont police now want to install their own surveillance camera systems, including license plate readers, in about a dozen intersections.

The cameras would be placed near city borderlines because most of Fremont’s burglaries are done by out-of-towners, and ¿police want to catch criminals as they drive near the freeway, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.

“Having cameras and license plate readers at city exit points gives us the ability to track vehicles used to transport suspects in and out of the city,” she said.

The City Council on June 17 will consider police’s request to spend $300,000 on the video surveillance systems. If council members approve them, the city then would put the job up for bid, Fremont police Chief Richard Lucero said.

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Chris DeBenedetti

  • Charlie C

    I’ll bet the Fremont Citizens Network is in favor of this, because it will help prevent Fremont from becoming a major league city. The “demonize a developer crowd” sure wouldn’t want a ‘Stadium effect’ http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25789027/stadium-effect-expected-spur-office-retail-hotel-development to take hold to benefit us so if Lew Wolfe enters Fremont City limits Vinnie will send out KMac to knee kap and then waterboard him. This is what has come to be known as “means bussiness”in these parts. FYI, some of our public servants may be on a taxpayer financed snipe hunt so expect the usual from the usual suspects.