Apr 28, 2016
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BART police wants to combat crime at stations by installing license plate readers at every parking lot, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Police say the readers will help them crack down on a number of crimes, including thefts.

“You can narrow down the time frame for when those thefts occurred and then, because there’s only one entrance or maybe only a couple entrances and exits, you can actually go back and look and see OK, what car left or what car arrived before that happened,” BART Police Dept.’s Dep. Chief Ben Fairow said, according to ABC7 News.

After hearing concerns that the license plate readers posed a number of privacy issues, the BART board on Thursday formed a committee to review the plan.

The proposal by BART police comes after the agency faced fire in January for having a large number of non-operating cameras on trains that were used as decoys. Following a fatal Jan. 9 shooting on a train that had a decoy camera, the transit agency committed to replacing all decoy cameras with working ones.

BART to swap all decoy cameras on trains with working ones


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.