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Piedmont Community Meeting Discusses Public Safety Cameras

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    Piedmont Looks to Add Surveillance Cameras on City Streets

    The East Bay city of Piedmont wants to add more surveillance cameras to its intersections, and the issue is getting a lot of attention from the community. The question is will more cameras make the city safer or violate privacy rights. Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Tuesday, March 5, 2019)

    The city of Piedmont is giving out information about - and gathering public input on - a prospective public safety camera program, and a meeting Tuesday took place as a platform for information flowing in both directions.

    The city's preliminary proposal is to keep the city's lone trial camera, at Grand and Oakland Avenues at the main southern entrance of this small city, as well as at Grand and Wildwood Avenues, Grand and Rose Avenues, Sunnyside and Olive Avenues, Trestle Glen Road and Cavanaugh Court, and Kingston and Monte Cresta Avenues. These locations may change based on various factors, the city says.

    These public safety cameras are different from Piedmont's automatic license plate reading cameras (ALPRs), which focus on vehicle license plates. Thirty-nine such license plate reading cameras are stationed at 15 Piedmont intersections. The public safety cameras survey larger swaths of ground for whatever may happen within their view. As opposed to ALPR images that are transmitted to multiple law enforcement agencies, public safety camera images stay local for local use.

    Use of public safety cameras in the Bay Area has ramped up in the past few years. Cities including Pittsburg, Danville, Lafayette, Orinda and San Leandro all use them to track violent crime and prevent vandalism.

    Piedmont Community Meeting to Discuss Public Safety Cameras

    [BAY] Piedmont Community Meeting to Discuss Public Safety Cameras

    The City of Piedmont is giving out information about - and gathering public input on - a prospective public safety camera program, and a meeting Tuesday is planned as a platform for information flowing in both directions.

    (Published Tuesday, March 5, 2019)

    But there have been privacy concerns, including in Piedmont. In April 2017, there was significant public opposition to setting up a safety camera in Hampton Park, owing largely to privacy concerns.

    The city in 2017 enacted a specific policy covering public safety cameras. Among its points are safeguards to citizens' privacy and that only police personnel are authorized to view the camera footage.

    Tuesday night's meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the city's Veterans Memorial Building, 401 Highland Ave.

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