A county councillor is leading the fight to build a "ring of steel" around Gainsborough to protect the town from known criminals.
If the plan goes ahead, two undisclosed spots on the edge of the town would have hi-tech cameras installed.
They would use automatic number plate recognition technology to identify criminals as they enter and leave.
This flags up an alert on the police's national computer system.
In extreme cases, officers would then act if the alert tells them the crooks are wanted for a particular offence.
But it would also allow Lincolnshire Police to be aware that criminals are on their patch, and monitor them.
Pat O'Connor, a representative for Gainsborough Trent on Lincolnshire County Council, is spearheading the project. The Liberal Democrat said: "It will be a 'ring of steel'.
"Not only is it ideal in terms of keeping the police up to speed with everything going on in the town but it is also one of the cheaper options.
"It will provide cheap, simple and long-term security to our town.
"It is something that has worked in other towns and I really feel Gainsborough will benefit greatly from this."
Police maps show Gainsborough has seen 1,731 recorded acts of crime so far in 2012.
Mr O'Connor hopes the new cameras will significantly reduce that rate.
John Horsley, manager at Horsleys of Gainsborough, a carpet, flooring and bed company, said: "This really is a very good idea indeed.
"Businesses will be able to rest a bit easier because the premises will be more secure.
"What we want in Gainsborough is a customer-friendly and safer environment for people to do their shopping in.
"I'm sure all businesses in the town will hope this goes ahead."
David Hawkins, town centre manager for Gainsborough, said: "I heard this had been mooted as a possibility.
"Any efforts to help businesses feel more safe and secure by eradicating potential shoplifting and antisocial behaviour in the town centre should be welcomed.
"It will see more shoppers visit and stay in Gainsborough."
Mike Tinker, a representative for Gainsborough Hill at the county council, said: "We welcome anything that will reduce crime or deter people from committing crime here."