Texas city to install “Virtual Gate” of surveillance cameras

West University Place is rolling out a virtual gate to monitor those coming in and out of the town.

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Law enforcement by camera.

A small Harris County town will be the first in the country to install a virtual safety gate, a network of cameras and license plate readers that records vehicles traveling through the city.

West University Place, a wealthy enclave within the city of Houston, is installing the “gate” to tackle crime and because of their lack of police officer applicants. Their solution will create a virtual safety gate of interconnected cameras that monitor every vehicle entering and exiting the city 24 hours a day.

“We hope using databases and being able to go back after a crime to search the database will deter people from coming to commit a crime,” said West University Place Police Chief Ken Walker.

Read Charles Blain’s full story on the matter here.

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