PITTSBURG (KPIX 5) — More than a dozen cameras are going up along Highway 4 in the East Bay after a string of shootings on the roadway.
Two months and two highway shootings later, Pittsburg’s network of surveillance cameras is almost complete.
14 traffic cameras along Highway 4 will now join the 120-plus already up across the city.
“Only place we don’t have cameras,” Pittsburg Police Captain Ron Raman told KPIX 5.
The cameras are in the process of being set up now, to be fully functional by Monday.
They sit at the city limits, watching for criminal activity coming in and out of town. They can even be accessed and controlled from officers’ mobile phones.
“One, it’s a deterrent to people coming into our city and two, it’s an investigative tool should something happen on the freeway,” Raman said.
Recordings will be kept for 90 days in case it’s needed for evidence, and several have license plate readers to help catch folks who are wanted for already committing a crime.
The city spent $100,000 for the cameras, which they hope will pay off in spades.
“We are very thankful, and this has also become a plan other jurisdictions can use as a result,” Raman said.