In Oakland, California Restore the Fourth is pushing back against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC). In 2009, Oakland received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security for a Port surveillance system. In July 2013, the city council awarded the DAC expansion of the city wide surveillance center. This was the first time the public was made aware of what was happening.
It has been proven that the surveillance equipment that is used, such as shot spotters and license plate readers, do not do the job they were put in place to do. The February 2014 city auditors report showed that shot spotter only led to .09 percent of the total arrest volume. The automatic license plate readers have only a .2 percent hit rate, meaning that the vehicle theft numbers are not going down.
This data clearly shows that the surveillance that is in place is not doing its job. Oakland should not be using these methods of surveillance because it is not bringing crime rates down. Brian Hofer said, “Overall, I don’t see the cost benefit analysis as really being in favor of the general public.” There needs to be specified use in order for the government to use these surveillance methods in the hope to ensure privacy for individuals.