In response to a rash of residential burglaries that plagued Atherton late last year and earlier this year, town staff is in the final stages of researching the impacts of installing license plate readers and security cameras around town, according to Atherton Police Cmdr. Joe Wade.
At an Oct. 2 town study session, police will review to the City Council the advantages and disadvantages of different types of license plate reader and security camera systems. They will also recommend locations for camera placement in town and provide information about other communities that currently have (and don't have) these systems, Wade said in an email.
The discussion will also include a review of the town's current resident security camera registration program and the level of resident participation.
If the town purchases security cameras, staff would look to place them on the periphery of town, Wade said. Specifically, they would be located at entrances and exits into and out of town such as Atherton Avenue/Alameda de las Pulgas; Alameda de las Pulgas/Stockbridge Avenue/Middlefield Road/Marsh Road; and Middlefield Road/Ringwood Avenue.
During a March 20 meeting, the council voted 4-0, with Elizabeth Lewis absent, to direct staff to research installing license plate readers and safety cameras around town, working with the police department to identify safeguards to ensure that there aren't information leaks from the reader databases if the devices are installed.
It also asked staff to identify security and privacy concerns and how they might be addressed, and to determine the cost of the devices and where they could be installed.
The meeting takes place in Holbrook-Palmer Park's Jennings Pavilion, 150 Watkins Ave. in Atherton, at 4 p.m. on Oct. 2.