In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
Brentwood is considering using surveillance cameras and license plate readers to thwart crime in the city. Would you support this in your city?
I AM IN full support of using video cameras to thwart crime creep in Brentwood.
Not only is it time to get out ahead of this growing crime trend (with majority of crime events being done by nonresidents), but it's time to take advantage of new crime prevention technology.
Yes, there will be hurdles, concerns and challenges in implementing this project, but when it comes to crime prevention and resident safety, I cannot think of a more important place to spend your energy and efforts. Bottom line: A safe and low-crime community sets the foundation for everything you want in your city.
Let's send a message to criminals that if you come to Brentwood, the police, residents via "Neighborhood Watch," and video cameras are watching to prevent crime.
YES, I WOULD support cameras and license plate readers in Brentwood. I believe it would be a deterrent to crime in our neighborhood.
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Big brother has no business knowing what I am doing 24x7x365. ... For the record, crime is not prevented by CCTV government surveillance. It's prevented by astute neighbors who watch out for one another. The old motto "See something. Say something."
NO THANKS. The city already has enough draconian laws it implements. No need to make it worse.
NEVER, JUST an excuse to spy, and once again, it will not stop crime.
OK, BUT will they have the appropriate staffing to follow up on these cameras and license plate readers when a "real" crime occurs?
Laura Dutton Cook
I AM FROM Brentwood, and now live in a community that currently does have surveillance and license plate readers.
I absolutely love it. The cameras keep our city safe. For example, if your house gets broken into, the cameras can see the vehicle and license plate of the person who broke into your house. The city I live in is one of the safest cities in the Central Valley. Our house values are twice as high as the out lining cities, partially because of the safety and cameras. The license plate reader has found many stolen vehicles that generally have the thief driving it. It makes criminals stay clear of our city.!
WHO CARES if "they" know what you're doing? Is it a secret? If they want to know I went to Safeway and then to the gas station, let 'em! I'd rather it be that way, then have all the hood rats from Pittsburg and Antioch come and ruin our city! (I live in Oakley, so if you want crime in Brentwood. well, MORE crime, have at it!)
Marcy Villareal Moniz
I DON'T agree either, it may help with crime but at the cost of our privacy?
I DON'T UNDERSTAND people giving up their rights so easily. What I choose to give up is my choice not the governments such as being on Facebook. They have no right to look in to my personal business without a warrant. And to the people who say "if you don't have anything to hide what's the problem" are ignorant to our constitution and bill of rights.
We don't have to explain why we want privacy or why we need privacy; it's guaranteed in our constitution. And anyone who asks "what are your hiding," tell them it's none of their business or the government's. Ask them why they have window coverings on their homes; what are they hiding? They want privacy. Should I be able to stand in front of your window and look into your home? And if you close your blinds, what are you hiding? Should you even have to explain? How absurd that is. Who are they or the government to tell anyone else what level of privacy I deserve.
Read the forth amendment please.
WE DO not need this idiotic technology invading our privacy. Sorry. The technology is not idiotic -- the people controlling this system are idiotic and cannot be trusted.
YOU HAVE no expectation of privacy on a public street. No reason to be bothered by cameras. Unless, of course, you're doing something you don't want people to know about. In which case you belong on the cameras.
CAMERAS DON'T lie; people do.
I'M PRETTY sure the government doesn't care about what magazines you buy or where you grocery shop.
People who freak out about the fact that the government is watching are simply paranoid and will be the first to whine when something large-scale happens and the police didn't catch it ahead of time.
I hate to break it to you, but you're just not that important. They're looking for people who are doing things on a big level. They're looking for the terrorists and drug dealers (large scale ... pretty sure they don't care about your two plants in your side yard). If you're not doing anything wrong, what do you have to worry about?
We just installed video surveillance around our entire house and now I go to bed feeling a little safer. Install the cameras in Brentwood. Install them everywhere.
Noelle Weellie Towne
NO THANKS. We already have so called security cameras in stores, etc. We don't need more!
Anne Manzari Williamson
This week's question:
Preventing crime is foremost in many East County residents' mind these days. What precautions do you take to be sure your home and family are safe?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.