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Escondido HOA installs plate readers to fight crime

Posted at 6:22 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 21:22:53-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) -- San Diego neighborhoods are getting a step ahead of crime. One Escondido HOA is the latest to install license plate reader cameras.

Drivers entering the Kent Ranch HOA in Escondido are now greeted by high-tech license plate readers.

According to the creators of the tech, the cameras help police solve an average of two to three cases a day nationwide.

The cameras don’t have facial recognition, only the ability to identify the car.

Critics of the technology worry the data could be abused and is an invasion of privacy.

The HOA did hear from some residents about privacy concerns, but believed public safety outweighed the concerns.

Residents can request their vehicle not be captured by the cameras.