Rancho Palos Verdes approves more ALPR cameras as part of safety plan
The Daily Breeze
By Cynthia Washicko
25 December 2016

Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) is a technology that uses optical character recognition (OCR) to automatically read license plate characters.

More Automated License Plate Recognition cameras are coming to Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angles County.

In a move meant to promote public safety, the City Council has approved a new set of Automated License Plate Recognition cameras as part of a program that also includes incentives for residents to install cameras in their neighborhoods and on their properties.

A total of 24 ALPR cameras will be installed along 12 points on Western Avenue to cover the city’s eastern border, which is in addition to the 45 ALPR cameras installed throughout the Peninsula since August — a system officials credit with helping to take down a burglary ring recently.

Councilwoman Susan Brooks praised the camera system for making the Peninsula safer.

“We really are ... in the forefront, and I really commend this council for moving forward with these activities,” Brooks said.

a grant program for homeowners associations

The Neighborhood Public Safety Monitoring Program approved last week includes a grant program for homeowners associations to help fund surveillance cameras in city neighborhoods. The grant would allow associations to apply to have the city cover half the cost of a camera, which amounts to $3,750, according to the staff report.

The grant money, however, is contingent upon the HOA using the city-approved camera system to ensure standardized quality of all the cameras, according to the report.

monetary incentives for homeowners to install Ring, an electronic doorbell

For neighborhoods where a surveillance camera isn’t plausible or there isn’t an HOA to install a system, the council approved monetary incentives for homeowners to install Ring, an electronic doorbell that can record video of anyone who comes to a front door and relay that footage to a homewoner’s smartphone. As part of that portion of the plan, the city and sheriff’s department negotiated a deal with Bot Home Automation, which owns Ring, that would have the company subsidize $50 of the total cost of the video-recording devices. The city would cover another $50, with a $100,000 cap on the total amount the city would provide to homeowners taking advantage of the discount.

The public safety plan measures come with a total $660,000 price tag, which covers $360,000 for the 24 cameras on Western Avenue, $200,000 for the grants to the homeowners associations and $100,000 for the doorbell camera incentives.

Also at last week’s meeting, the council approved a response to Proposition 57, which passed in November and will increase the chances of parole for some nonviolent felons. The additional ALPR cameras and the grant program to help homeowners associations purchase surveillance cameras were both included in that response, according to a city staff report.

consider starting a vacation loaner camera program

The City Council also will consider starting a vacation loaner camera program, which would allow homeowners to check out motion-sensing video cameras to keep on their property while they are on vacation, according to the staff report.

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