The town of Portola Valley is using an online survey to gather community opinion on the use of cameras that photograph the license plate of every vehicle entering or leaving the town.
In the wake of two home-invasion robberies by armed gunmen, one in mid-June and the other in mid-October, the Town Council is hosting a community discussion on public safety at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road.
License-plate cameras may have been helpful to authorities investigating these robberies, but the cameras are not cheap to install and maintain, and there are still questions about their effectiveness, Town Manager Jeremy Dennis said recently.
In past discussions, the Portola Valley council opted for alternatives such as increased patrols.
To take the survey, click here to log in as a resident or to sign up for an account. The survey will close on Sunday, Nov. 6.
The crime rate in Portola Valley is higher this year than it was in 2015 around this time, but lower than it was in 2014, officials have said.
Home-invasion robberies are random and "very rare" in Portola Valley, Detective Salvador Zuno of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said after the October incident.