The firm’s latest Miami Herald “Real Estate Counselor” column is authored by Michael L. Hyman and appears in today’s edition of the newspaper. The article, which is titled “Florida HOA Communities Installing New License Plate Reader Cameras,” focuses on deployments by communities of new automated license plate reader cameras that automatically read and record the license plate of all passing vehicles. Michael’s article reads:
. . . For HOAs and even some condominium communities, especially those facing security and safety issues and concerns, deploying such cameras at key entrance/exit points with the accompanying signs alerting drivers of the monitoring could represent an effective prevention and investigative tool.
News reports over the last several years have chronicled ALPR installations by Florida HOAs locally in Coral Springs as well as in the areas surrounding Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Panama City and Naples. A recent article on the TapInto.net news site that also appeared on msn.com focused on the Kensington Glen community in Coral Springs and its deployment of ALPR cameras that are connected to the city police department’s Real Time Crime Center.
Gil Sternbach, the president of the HOA for the community with 258 homes and no security gates or guard house, describes the cameras as their “invisible gate.” The HOA installed four solar-powered ALPR cameras to read license plates and capture images of vehicles going in and out of the two roads leading into the community.