INITIATING THE TOPIC OF SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS WITH YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
—Here is a suggested email you can send out to gather your neighborhood's interest You can copy and use this form http://tinyurl.com/CameraPilot to gather feedback from your neighbors Alternately, you can collect feedback via an email reply.
SUBJECT: How about surveillance camera(s) in our neighborhood? Hello neighbors, Councilmember Rishi Kumar is leading a pilot project with surveillance cameras in two separate Saratoga neighborhoods as part of the Safe Saratoga Citizens Forum (http://facebook.com/groups/safesaratoga), the idea being to place a camera at the entrance(s) of the neighborhood and have video available to law enforcement (and only to law enforcement) in case of an incident. For an overview of this effort i.e Who, What, Why, How check out the presentation at www.RishiKumar.com/pilot
Statistically, surveillance cameras have been proven to reduce crime. In fact, in one of the neighborhoods, recent footage gathered for a mail-theft incident was turned over to our sheriff. •Cameras are an effective/proven tool to drop crime. Proven examples with California cities such as Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Fremont. Below is a deck that clearly shows success with crime reduction after installation of surveillance cameras http://www.slideshare.net/rishi59/moraga-surveillance-camera
Would you be interested in installation of surveillance cameras at the entrance(s) of our neighborhood to help prevent crime? I think this would be a good neighborhood deterrent to have for folks looking to target our neighborhood. The project would be funded by our neighbors. Two parts: A capital investment (for the hardware/cameras) and a monthly cloud hosting fee (storage + software). Our fair share will be contingent upon how many neighbors participate. To give you an estimate, the numbers are not astronomical at ~$700/camera (shared between all the interested neighbors) and ~$5/family/month for cloud hosting etc)
Please provide your interest by reply or enter your information at this google form below <ENter URL of the form you create after copying the above link> Stay tuned for more info.
Thanks <Your name> NOTE: Phase 1 of this program will only be available to Neighborhood Safety Watch programs/HOAs already established in Saratoga. Currently, there is no city of Saratoga policy with surveillance cameras, and installing cameras falls upon each home owner or the neighborhood group/HOA. If you are looking for recommendations for surveillance cameras for your home, you can find product recommendations at www.RishiKumar.com/tips
To all my friends, supporters, neighbors, community members/leader - I truly appreciate you being part of this journey. I couldn't do this without you. Thank you for your support! - Rishi Kumar
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