FREMONT — The city will install dozens of cameras and license-plate readers throughout Fremont, aiming to deter and to identify criminals coming into the city from other areas.
City Council members on Tuesday allocated $300,000 for the program sought by the Police Department, shrugging off speakers who warned of a creeping loss of privacy.
“This whole notion that cameras are bad and privacy is good is overly simplistic,” said Councilwoman Anu Natarajan. “The prevalence of iPhones and Facebook and constantly being in touch with each other makes camera privacy a nonissue.”
Most of Fremont’s burglaries are committed by people living in other communities, said police Chief Richard Lucero. Cameras will be placed at 12 intersections near city limits to capture information on vehicles entering and exiting town, he said.
In a six-month period from late 2012 to early 2013, 46 people were convicted of burglaries, police said, and 39 of them — about 85 percent — lived outside Fremont.
The strategy of monitoring motorists near city limits has been adopted by other Bay Area communities, such as Piedmont, which installed license-plate readers and cameras last fall.
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