CALEXICO – The Calexico City Council will implement license plate reading cameras to alert owners of stolen vehicles or cars driven by people suspected of being involved in criminal or terrorist activities.

Councilmembers Gloria Romo, Camilo Garcia, and Mayor Javier Moreno voted in favor of the motion, while Raul Ureña and Gilberto Manzanarez voted against the item. With a 3-2 vote, the council approved signing an agreement for professional services between the city and Flock Group Inc. to install license plate reader cameras during a meeting on Wednesday, January 18.

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Carlos Acuña

Hmm. With this proximity to the border one assumes that said license plate tracking will tend to zoom on southbound vehicles before they cross the border. If the intent behind this technology is to provide local police an opportunity to stop the cars with stolen plates before they disappear south of the border, the question becomes: how fast will the police respond once the system registers a stolen plate, thus enabling police to intercept the vehicle? Will police receive training in a Pavlovian-like response, that begins the moment they receive notice of the presence of the stolen plate, training that allows police sufficient time to detain it?

Unless these questions get addressed, this technology becomes not only a waste of money (other than for historical purpose of telling us "the plate disappeared south of the border") but one that tells the reflective individual, just another power-grab by Big Brother to further encroach on one's privacy of movement.

I note that the vendor (or the police) did not provide studies of recovery rates under this technology nor of the training necessary to expedite this recovery.

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