After an 80-year-old woman’s purse was stolen and her home was subsequently broken into, police set up mobile security cameras to monitoring a Fremont shopping center.
Bosques said the cameras aren’t monitored back at the station in real time, but the video feed is stored for 30 days or longer, if it's part of an investigation.
Bosques told KCBS Radio that the shopping center has been the site of car burglaries and robberies for years. She added that a spike in residential burglaries in the city occurred about seven to eight years ago.
“We had a massive increase in those specific crimes, and, you know, we do believe that community video is a contributing factor,” Bosques said.
The department has a network of cameras throughout Fremont.
“We have another camera system in the shopping center in the south end of town, just to have a little extra visibility to help community members feel safe,” Bosques said. “Then, also, to warn those who think that they might be able to take advantage of people that we’re monitoring.”
Police are still looking for the suspect that robbed the elderly woman.