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Woodland police tout observation cameras as crime deterrent

Woodland is preparing to install cameras, known as police observation devices, as a crime prevention tool at key locations in the city.
Woodland is preparing to install cameras, known as police observation devices, as a crime prevention tool at key locations in the city. Photo courtesy Woodland Police Department

Woodland police announced they will begin using fixed camera technology as a crime prevention tool.

The first police observation device, or POD, will be located at Main and East streets, one of the city’s major intersections.

The primary goal of the device is to serve as a highly visible crime deterrent, according to a Police Department news release. Officials noted that PODS are clearly marked with a police logo and flashing blue light to alert people to the camera’s presence and maximize its use as a crime prevention tool.

If a crime occurs, video from the camera can be reviewed for potential evidence. PODS can be equipped with license plate reading ability, allowing the device to quickly scan license plates and alert officers if a vehicle associated with a missing person or criminal activity is in the area.

PODS are being used in other communities in the region, including the city of Sacramento.

Woodland officials said the Police Department respects privacy concerns and has taken measures to prevent recording of private residences that are not under investigation.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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