SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – If you’re going to Shavano Heights in San Antonio’s Northwest Side, be aware that there’s a high-tech, solar-powered camera system that can can read your license plate and all the information that comes with it.

The Flock camera will take several snapshots of every vehicle that enters the gated community off of Lockhill Selma near the City of Shavano Park, and it stores the information in a database for 30 days.

“The software will search through that video clip,” said Shavano Heights HOA President Helen Cronenberger. “We can search for a specific day, a specific time, a specific license plate.”

She says the HOA purchased the Flock system after some burglaries in the neighborhood, but they haven’t had any problems since the camera was installed last fall. Cronenberger told KTSA News it’s a bargain at $1,500 dollars a year.

Shavano Heights Entrance/KTSA Photo-Elizabeth Ruiz

While some people are concerned about the information falling into the wrong hands or someone possibly abusing the technology to spy on neighbors, the Shavano Heights residents I talked to like the idea.

“I think it adds a new layer of security,” said one man. “More safety is always good,” said Jamie Shipley.

Scott Hermes told KTSA News it provides more protection for his neighborhood, which is comprised of more than 130 homes.

“I think it’s necessary at entry and exit points. I think it can prevent crime,” said Hermes.

Cronenberger says the system can be used to solve crimes.

“We are working with the San Antonio Police Department to try to set up what’s called a hot plate. When an automobile comes in or a license plate comes through our gate that the FBI or local police are looking for, our system would immediately notify our local police,” she said.

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