Article Courtesy of FOX 13
By Josh Cascio
Published September 28, 2019
RIVERVIEW - A Riverview neighborhood is using new technology they say will
prevent crime, but some say it's an invasion of their privacy.
Cameras were installed
in April to capture the license plates of vehicles coming
and going from the Paddock Oaks neighborhood.
Homeowners Association president Bill Staley said thieves
stole a truck tailgate from his neighbor over the Labor Day
weekend. Within days, and with the help of the plate reader
and other surveillance videos, Staley says deputies arrested
“It paid for itself in a big way,” Staley commented, adding
the cameras only capture a picture of a car's license plate
and nothing more.
Neighborhood resident Randy Decker said he doesn't see the
camera as an invasion of his privacy.
“The way I see it, it’s pretty simplistic. If you’re not doing anything wrong,
why would you worry about it?” Decker wondered.
The camera company, Flock Safety, said its cameras help solve two crimes a day
on average. Homeowners inside the neighborhood can decide to opt-out if they
Staley admits not everyone in his neighborhood has signed-on, but he believes
this, like most home security technology, is the future of security.
“I really think, if you think about it seriously, if you’re looking to eliminate
crime, to do your part, it’s a great addition,” he said.
Flock Safety said 14 other neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay area are also using