PIEDMONT (KCBS) – Piedmont is moving forward with plans to install surveillance cameras to record the license plates of all cars that drive into town.
The cameras could be installed at as many as 15 entry points into the city, which is surrounded on all sides by the City of Oakland, as a way to combat a surge in crime.
“There’s a sense of urgency because, in case you don’t read the newspapers, Oakland has a very serious crime problem. And every indication is it’s going to get worse,” one resident addressed the Piedmont City Council Monday night, suggesting Piedmont is suffering “spillover” effects from Oakland’s crime problem.
“If we let the community and the criminals know there’s license plate readers, there’s other places they can go that’s easier,” another man said in support of the proposal.