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Feedback at 5:00: Fighting Crime with Technology

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High tech cameras can now scan license plates, something police say makes streets safer.

But they are also leading to a new fight over privacy.

In Tiburon, California, police take a picture of every car that drives into town.

The cameras capture only the license plate which automatically runs through a database of vehicles associated with felonies.

Officers t hen get a text and e-mail alert.

Cameras were installed when there was a rise in crime.

Since the cameras went in, crime has gone down by 30%.

For tonight's "Feedback at 5:00," what do you think of the program?