- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Some residents in Paradise Valley want to know why the town recently installed cameras in fake saguaros.

One cactus camera was installed at the roundabout near 40th Street and Standford last Tuesday.

Paradise Valley Town Manager Kevin Burke told Phoenix TV station KSAZ that the town is embarking on the installation of license plate readers.

He says it’s part of a $2 million police technology upgrade.

Burke says the cameras will run license plates of cars against a hotlist database.

If the car is stolen or the subject of an amber alert, police will be notified.

Burke says the cameras aren’t active yet.

He says the cameras aren’t being put in fake cactus to be secretive. It’s because there are no light poles in the area to put them on.


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