Street Surveillance Watch Georgia: Decatur City Council approves lease for 60 license plate reader cameras in effort to combat crime

Putting aside concerns over the lack of a competitive bidding process, the Decatur City Council approved a lease agreement with an Atlanta-based company to deploy 60 license plate reader cameras in the city’s high-crime neighborhoods.

The three-year agreement with Flock Safety will cost $165,000 in the first year, with the tab being picked up by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the city’s DUI account. It will cost $150,000 each year following, with general funds expected to pick up the cost.