I was intrigued by this little blurb at the end of a Daily Journal article about the latest residential burglary spree in San Mateo.
With security camera footage having the potential to crack a case, the San Mateo Police Department is working with businesses and residents to compile a voluntary list of privately owned systems to enhance public safety called the Neighborhood Eyes Security Team, or NEST. If a crime occurs nearby, but not necessarily next door, security camera owners may not be aware they’ve potentially captured helpful information, according to police.
Camera use is always controversial. I dislike the red light cameras that B'game took out, but Millbrae still uses at the intersection of the BART entrance. I have advocated for a couple of non-traffic cameras in key spots in B'game (like the B'game Avenue-California Ave intersection) and this NEST idea seems like a good extension of that approach.