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Los Altos Hills is exploring the use of automated license plate recognition devices to deter crime. The Los Altos Police Department began using them in August 2013.
As far as crime goes, 2014 proved a banner year for Los Altos Hills with 46 burglaries on record. In 2015, that number dropped to 15, and 2016 brought 29. But residents’ concerns about the potential threat have prompted officials to consider investing in fixed automated license plate readers (ALPRs) at key entry and exit routes within town.
“Some residents have indicated that license plate reader cameras would be welcomed,” City Manager Carl Cahill wrote in his March town hall report. “However, there doesn’t appear to be any research available at this time that correlates reductions in residential burglaries with the installation of fixed automated license plate readers.”