May 18, 2022

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The Car & Automotive Devotees

Victorville to add 50 more automated license plate readers throughout city

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Victorville will have 50 special cameras that record license plates mounted throughout the city which officials say will aid police after a council decision Tuesday night.

The City Council voted 3-1, with Councilwoman Blanca Gomez voting no, to install the cameras known as Automated License Plate Readers, or ALPRs, at unidentified locations for a cost of roughly $612,000.

With the decision, 107 high-speed, computer-controlled cameras operated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will run at various intersections and traffic signals, almost triple the number neighboring Hesperia has.

Law enforcement and city officials have praised the cameras as a one-time expense that helps improve public safety and solve crime without more deputies.

Privacy advocates, such as the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, however, have characterized the systems as a “powerful surveillance technology that can be used to invade the privacy of individuals as well as to violate the rights of entire communities.”