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Portola Valley license-plate cameras show some value in tracking criminals

by Dave Boyce

With 12 months of images captured by the two pole-mounted license-plate-reading cameras located at the borders of Portola Valley, the results are in: Images from the town's cameras were searched 15 times in 2018, including 10 searches related to local property crimes such as theft and burglary, according to an audit prepared by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

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Posted by CrimeAndPunishment
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Feb 20, 2019 at 5:55 pm

Quite a high number of stolen plates and/or vehicles for this out-of-the-way town. BTW, what differentiates a stolen plate from a stolen vehicle (i.e., are there actually 368 plates reported stolen on vehicles differing from CA DMV registration vehicle?)


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Posted by 0 Convictions, 0 Arrests
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 21, 2019 at 11:44 am

So after a full year's worth of costs and collections, the very best we can hope for is 1 arrest, maybe, "very soon".
Searches of the system do not equate to success of the system.
Seems like a rousing success in wasting a bunch of our money.


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Posted by back in Kansas, Toto...
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Feb 21, 2019 at 11:56 am

All that Sturm und Drang about how it was going to save PV from the wave of violent thugs?

"We are very, very close to *AN* arrest"

Whaaaa?

Yes the system already had mistaken access, 'suspicious' access and more. You know how it goes: that jealous officer's old gf, well, ya see, he had to check up on her new bf and how often he drove into town. And what times he came for a late visit.

I sure hope the new bf isn't one of your kids. You just gave 'access' for someone to give him a really hard time.

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"A fourth search was done in error, Corpus said, while the fifth involved "suspicious circumstances"... "

Also: what was the down time over the last year?


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Posted by back in Kansas, Toto...
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Feb 21, 2019 at 12:01 pm

Apologies for the Dorothy reference. Given the massive 'success' of this program, I should have referenced Mr. Fudd. My bad.

"We are very, very close to *AN* arrest"

Vewy, vewy close.

Be vewy, vewy careful!
E. Fudd., Rabbit Fire, 1951


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Posted by Victim of theft
a resident of another community
on Feb 23, 2019 at 5:38 pm

So how many license plate/ car thieves live in PV or Woodside?

Shouldn't be too hard to deduct a pattern of the stolen plates/vehicles moving repeatedly through the reader and then intercepting those cars when they show up again.

That actually would be a good use for the system I could support.


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Posted by Liars living in fear
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Feb 24, 2019 at 6:59 pm

Too funny. Thot this was gonna keep us safe.

Made no diff.

Hahahaha.


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