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on Jun 13, 2013
Well, gosh, when are the other 'hoods in MP going to get these "technological advances"? After all, the wealthier are always leaving their windows open for their 5k$ handbags & expensive jewelry to be stolen. Aren't they *entitled* to some surveillance? Since people like to complain about property crimes on a par with crimes against persons, don't they "warrant" equal assistance in fighting crime?
Rights to privacy has to do within ones home. When in public, driving on public roads, with vehicles that are registered to the state, I would like to know which license plate was fleeing a crime scene, a hit and run, or doing their side shows. If there is no statute of limitations on murder...keep it for as long as possible. Most law abiding citizens have not much to hide.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
the Supreme court has repeatedly ruled that no one has any expectation of privacy when in public.
Good point, MV, so let's see the wealthier neighborhoods get their privacy violated as much as Belle Haven!
Reality is: The most serious crimes in Menlo Park occur East of Middlefield Road at off-peak times. Freeway proximity and higher density are major factors.
The majority of criminals enter and flee the area using any of just 8 intersections. Just 4 to 10 properly aimed, inconspicuous, high definition cameras could capture images of the majority of suspects. Plate readers enhance that.
The cost savings of a single major case prosecution pays for it all. Start East, then add cameras West. Easy to imagine many crooks will avoid Menlo Park.
Huge benefit. Huge deterrent. Best money the City could ever spend. Why is innovating technology-leading Menlo Park willfully choosing to lag behind every urban area in the World?
Do the whole city, east and west. And fly drones overhead, constantly, never know when it will be needed. Maybe three, just to have a back up. Get that new (not infrared) see thru wall and roof technology too. Probably should fingerprint and dna swab every resident just to be sure.
Most of all, keep the 'rules' on all of it very vague and hidden.
Man, I have some suspicious neighbors over here. They do the weirdest stuff. They need to be watched constantly!
Come on Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, privacy with license plate information? Are you kidding? Help the cops catch the bad guys. Don't up throw roadblocks.
Almmy Al - I think you're on to something.
The drones can be used not only for monitoring, but for enforcement and punishment as well. Sure, it will be a minor nuisance when a heat-seeking missile "lays down the law" - a bit of noise - but that's the cost of security.
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What privacy rights do you have on a public street????? NONE. The police can run a license plate at any time just because.......
Do the coppers need a reason to run a plate? In Menlo, of course, & Palo Alto, they're famous for pulling someone over for driving while brown/black.
And sheesh, really, deleting my totally relevant post about Domino's testing to deliver pizzas via drones? Ridiculous - almost as ridiculous as the idea itself!
Who cares what the sheriff or police chief think about best practices, I'm with Long Time Menlo Man. Council members need to stop echoing the advice of professionals, and simply follow the advice posted on town square, without question. Hell, who cares if the advice is even legal.
Plate safe not subject to a records request.
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