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Dublin Considers Spending $500,000 on License Plate Readers

Police are requesting the city to boost its surveillance system after a more than 100 percent increase in residential burglaries in the month of March.

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    Police in Dublin are asking the city to spend half a million dollars to boost its surveillance system. Elyce Kirchner reports. (Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016)

    Police in Dublin are asking the city to spend half a million dollars to boost its surveillance system.

    The request comes after police said they saw a more than 100 percent increase in residential burglaries in the month of March. 

    The Dublin Police Department would like the city to spend $500,000 to install license plate readers at each of the five exits off Interstate 580 into Dublin to help them track who is coming in and out of the East Bay community.

    "We were looking for five mobile license plate readers, mobile meaning on vehicles and an unknown amount of license plate readers as well," Dublin Police Lt. Nate Schmidt.

    The license plate readers will alert police to vehicles linked to people with police records, whether the car is stolen and other information.

    Authorities are also asking to tap into private home surveillance footage of residents who agree to share it with local police.

    Residents can register their cameras with the Dublin Police Department. If a crime occurs in a neighborhood where there is a registered camera, police said the surveillance video can help officers during their investigation.

    "It's a great idea," Dublin-resident Yvonne King said. "Why does everyone have cameras if it isn't someway to help.

    Some residents worry the added cameras would be an invasion of privacy.

    "I do value my privacy so I am just a little concerned about that," Dublin-resident Brandon Diesel said.

    In the Tri Valley, San Ramon, Pleasanton and Livermore already have license plate readers installed.

    The Dublin City Council is expected to vote on whether or not to install the license plate readers on June 21.

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