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Saturday, October 25, 2014
Village trains new eyes on crime
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Courtesy Rockville Centre Police Department

The RVCPD has been using plate readers for some time, albeit mobile ones. A single patrol car can be equipped with two readers, and a car is occasionally dispatched to Sunrise Highway to monitor east-west traffic through the downtown area. The village has allocated the Police Department enough money to purchase two more stationary readers, and the department expects to have them installed within the next two years.

Jason Starr, director of the Nassau chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, warns residents to be wary of the surveillance power these devices give police departments. “Generally, automatic license plate readers are used to collect and store information not just on people suspected of crime, but on every motorist passing by, and are increasingly becoming tools of mass surveillance,” Starr said. “With a license plate number and a vehicle description, you can fairly assume who might be driving. Beyond that, where that car goes regularly is certainly personally identifiable information that one would have an expectation that the government shouldn’t be tracking and recording.”

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