San Francisco Mayor London Breed is seeking to expedite the installation of 400 automated license plate readers (ALPRs) at 100 intersections throughout the city. The move is part of a broader effort to combat crime and improve public safety.
Breed’s proposal comes in the wake of a recent spate of high-profile crimes, including a smash-and-grab theft at a Christian Dior store in Union Square. The mayor has argued that ALPRs can play a critical role in deterring and investigating crime, by tracking the movements of vehicles associated with criminal activity.
However, the use of ALPRs has also raised privacy concerns. Some critics argue that the devices collect too much data about innocent people, and that the data can be misused by law enforcement.
In response to these concerns, Breed has said that the city will implement strict privacy safeguards for the ALPR data. The data will only be used to investigate crimes, and it will be deleted after two years.
The city has also received a $17 million state grant to help combat organized retail theft. The grant money will be used to fund additional police officers, prosecutors, and public safety technologies, including the ALPRs.
Breed’s proposal to expedite the installation of ALPRs is expected to face some opposition from the city’s Board of Supervisors. Some supervisors have expressed concerns about the privacy implications of the devices.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed is pushing to expedite the installation of 400 automated license plate readers at 100 intersections in the city to improve public safety and reduce crime. The cameras can help law enforcement agencies identify stolen vehicles, track suspects, and investigate crimes. However, concerns have been raised about the potential for abuse of the technology and the impact on privacy rights.