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City-wide Video Surveillance Camera Project
City-wide Video Surveillance Camera Project

The Fremont Police Department is continually interested in fully utilizing technology in an effort to protect our community.   On June 17, 2014, the Police Department received approval from the Fremont City Council to allocate funds for a community-based video surveillance camera project in the City of Fremont. In March of 2016, the first camera was installed at the freeway on-ramp at Stevenson Blvd. and northbound I880.  While the camera has been installed it is not currently operational. 


During the upcoming weeks, nine more systems will be installed at the following locations:

  1. Northbound Fremont Blvd @ Northbound 880
  2. Westbound Decoto Road @ Northbound 880
  3. Southbound Ardenwood Blvd @ Westbound 84
  4. Northbound Mission Blvd @ King Avenue
  5. Westbound Thornton Avenue @ Northbound 880
  6. Westbound Mowry Avenue @ Northbound 880
  7. Westbound Stevenson Blvd @ Northbound 880
  8. Northbound Mission Blvd @ to NB/SB 680
  9. Eastbound Auto Mall @ Northbound 880
  10. Eastbound Auto Mall @ Southbound 880

Proposed Project Scope:

  • Installation of 10 community based video surveillance cameras at entry and/or exit points of the city. 
  • Cameras will only be installed along and directed toward public roadways.
  • The fixed cameras will generally not be continuously monitored and will only be utilized for investigative purposes.
  • Some cameras will be equipped with license plate reader technology that digitally reads the license plates of vehicles passing the camera.  License plate readers have been used throughout the country as an effective way to locate vehicles involved in crimes.  License plate readers, like video, can drastically decrease the time it takes to locate suspects and vehicles associated to criminal activity.

Community Camera and Automated License Plate Reader Policies:

Fremont Police Community Camera Policy

Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC) Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) Policy


The Fremont Police Department is committed to preventing criminals from impacting our city.  In this regard, the Police Department seeks to quickly apprehend suspects, minimizing their ability to further victimize our community.  To meet this end, the Police Department has deployed several strategies, to include focusing on serious and habitual offenders, increased two-way communication with the community, and encouraging use of home and commercial video surveillance.
Fremont's residential burglary rate decreased by 27% from 2012 to 2013 and although this reduction is significant and makes our community safer, we believe we can do more.  The Fremont Police Department believes the use of video surveillance on public roadways in key areas will further lower crime rates through the expedient apprehension of suspects who commit crimes in our city.  The proposal for the initial phase will be to place video surveillance cameras and license plate readers at some of the city’s most commonly traveled entry and/or exit points.   This affords the greatest likelihood of capturing an image of suspects, their vehicles, and their license plates as they enter or leave the city.  

In taking this step, the City and the Police Department are respectful of the privacy interests at issue when personal information is collected, and we take our responsibility to preserve privacy very seriously.   Video recordings will be stored on a secure server at the Fremont Police Department, where they will be saved for 30 days before being purged.  Video will only be saved for longer than 30 days if it is evidence in a specific crime.  License plate reader data will be stored for one year, likely made available to other law enforcement agencies through data sharing agreements and utilized in compliance with all federal, state and local laws.  Similarly, license plate reader data will only be retained for longer than one year if it is evidence in a specific crime.

Link to project article.