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Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPRs)


On April 26, 2017, the Town Council approved the installation of Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPRs) at fixed locations for the purposes of deterring crime and helping to create a safer environment for all those who live and work in or visit the Town.

The ALPRs installed by the Town will gather data associated with vehicle license plates that can be shared with local law enforcement for purposes, including, but not limited to, identifying stolen and wanted vehicles, identifying wanted persons, recovering missing persons, recovering stolen property, and gathering crime related information.

The Town is concerned about protecting the privacy of its resident and visitors with respect to the retention and use of data gathered by ALPRs. The Town Council approved the addition of a chapter to the Municipal Code to provide for the proper storage and use of the data gathered by the Town's Automated License Plate Readers.

The Town contracts with the San Mateo County Sherrif's Office for law enforcement services. In addition to the procedures outlined in the Municipal Code, the San Mateo County Sherrif's Office also follows the NCRIC Automated License Plate Reader Policy, which is posted on their website here.