Some Concerned About Surveillance Cameras In Glen Cove

GLEN COVE, NY (CBSNewYork) – Is it big brother or good policing in Glen Cove, Long Island?

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

Well, one resident says a plan to install over 50 licenses plate scanners downtown and along Route 107 that would snap images of every vehicle that enters and exits his community is too much, too far.

“It’s an invasion of privacy. We need the funds for other things in this town. It’s just a waste of money,” said the resident on Tuesday.

Mayor Ralph Suozzi, meantime, says the images would be used to identify uninsured and stolen vehicles.

But most residents who WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs spoke to were worried about rights of privacy.

“Big Brother’s watching everything you do,” said one.

How do you feel about the plan? For or against? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  1. Kyle Ondrey says:

    Normally I am all for I identifying the types of vehicles that this program is intended to find.

    But really? This is the North Shore of Long Island…how many stolen and uninsured cars are really out there to make this program necessary?

    1. Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi says:

      Only six LPR,s (License Plate Readers).

      Other cameras are in downtown parking facilities and downtown business district fir surveillance of parking areas and public spaces.

      No city taxpayer funds used 100%.funded by U.S.Dept. Of Justice “COPS” Grant.

      Funds are used to support the use of technology in community policing. Cannot be used for example to upgrade water distribution system or parks or other capital infrastructure products.

      USDOJ Grants have also provided city police with digital fingerprinting technology, radio repeaters to improve headquarters communications to portable radio units in cars and hand held when they are in the northeast portion of town, plus digital fixed and portable speed monitoring devices.

      Proactive vs. Reactive.

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