California City Seeks Substantial Surveillance Capability

A development community is advertised as the ideal place to raise a family because of extensive surveillance technology, security checkpoints, and other policing strategies.

LATHROP, Calif. – California residents from across the state are flocking to a development community that has been advertised as the ideal place to raise a family because of extensive surveillance technology, security checkpoints, and other policing strategies, according to a report on the RT news Web site.

River Islands is a 5,000 acre plot here in the northern region of the state. According to the article, titled “Like a Fortress: CA Development Promises Security and Surveillance,” developers have spent more than 25 years struggling to overcome legal hurdles, economic downturns and regulatory obstacles attempting to begin construction.

When the project was finally approved late last year it was like any other suburban development in the U.S., aside from the imposing security system that city officials plan to enact.

The still-under construction River Islands community is surrounded by waterways and accessible only by four bridges, according to the article. Steve Large of CBS Sacramento reported that each bridge will be equipped with fiber-optic video technology that will scan each license plate and compare it to a Department of Motor Vehicles database of stolen vehicle records.

Police also plan to employ one-way speakers to communicate with the public. Video operators can use the loudspeakers – which are deployed sparsely in open areas that tend to attract crowds after closing at night, such as public parks – to warn individuals or groups that they are trespassing.

You can read the full article here.

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Although Bosch’s name is quite familiar to those in the security industry, his previous experience has been in daily newspaper journalism. Prior to joining SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in 2006, he spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times, where he performed a wide assortment of editorial responsibilities, including feature and metro department assignments as well as content producing for Bosch is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Mass Communication & Journalism. In 2007, he successfully completed the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association’s National Training School coursework to become a Certified Level I Alarm Technician.

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