Unmarked roadside cameras that are popping up across the North Country appear to be part of a surveillance project developed by US Homeland Security. That’s according to a report this morning in the Watertown Daily Times.
In an effort to protect the northern border, federal authorities are installing cameras on electricity poles to read license plates.
St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells said the cameras are the same as those put up in major cities across the state.
Citing a recent news release from Franklin County District Attorney Derek P. Champagne, Sheriff Wells said the cameras were put up on public roadways and will help prevent a variety of crimes.
“This is something that’s common,” Sheriff Wells said.
So that appears to clarify at least somewhat where these devices came from. What do you think? Is this a good project? Are you comfortable with this level of government surveillance?
Do you think it’s a good thing that t his sort of strategy might “help prevent a variety of crimes”? Comments welcome below.