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Automated License Plate Reader System Update - August 4, 2017

Post Date:08/04/2017 8:00 PM

The City of Palos Verdes Estates joined with the Cities of Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates and Rolling Hills in a multi-city agreement for implementation of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR) at gateway locations around the Peninsula.  Two locations are scheduled for ALPR cameras in PVE.  They will be installed near Via Rosa and Palos Verdes Boulevard, and on Via Valmonte. 

Is the PVEPD using the Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) system right now?

Yes. The Police Department has established protocols, trained its personnel, and is currently utilizing data/active alerts from other ALPRs cameras, including the ones on the Peninsula, Torrance and several other cities in LA County. Dispatch receives live alerts and the PVEPD Detective Bureau uses ALPR data as a very successful investigative tool. This ALPR data has proven beneficial in investigating crimes, recovering stolen vehicles and aided in making arrests. There have been two vehicles that were stolen from PVE that the PVEPD Detective Bureau recovered within 24 hours by using the ALPR data.

What process is underway to get the ALPR cameras installed?

Unlike Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates, Palos Verdes Estates does not have:

  • existing traffic signal, street lighting or other adequate camera supports
  • readily available electrical service points along roadways

Both are necessary to install the equipment.  The other two cities utilized their existing infrastructure to place equipment on; Palos Verdes Estates must retain contractors to install the necessary infrastructure.

Since the City did not receive any bids, the City reached out to potential contractors and was quoted $100,000 to install the infrastructure. The City is now proceeding with constructing and bidding incremental components to install the system at a lower cost.

What is the City doing to fully bring on the ALPR system?

At this time, the City is working directly with Southern California Edison and underground contractors/electricians to establish electric service and construct poles/foundations at the locations where the ALPR cameras will be installed.  The project is being pursued incrementally. 

The installations are projected to be completed no later than the end of year. 

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