Police are adopting license plate readers at an accelerating rate

Undoubtedly, more and more law enforcement agencies are acquiring cameras and Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology. The producer of the Transparency Market Research (TMR) study expects the global ALPR market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9% during the forecast period, 2020 to 2030. Much of the growth is linked to an increase in use by police departments to improve security, according to the report’s summary. These devices are sometimes referred to as Automatic License Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems.

“LPRs are devices that capture the objective, vehicle details of a criminal incident,” says Holly Beilin, public relations manager at Flock Safety. “Some LPR vendors also sell products specifically for parking and transit applications. Flock Safety’s devices are only intended to assist in solving violent and property crimes, not parking, traffic control or any other use.

The company’s license plate reading cameras provide 24/7 surveillance for every home, business and neighborhood. They help protect against property crime, violent crime, stolen vehicles and more. The company has implemented a public safety operating system that helps neighborhoods, businesses and law enforcement in more than 1,500 cities work together to eliminate crime, protect privacy and mitigate harm. prejudices. The company’s technology helps capture objective evidence. It uses this evidence along with machine learning to create and deliver unbiased investigative leads to law enforcement.

Research shows that technology can help fight crime, Beilin says. “The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) estimates that 7 out of 10 crimes occur with a vehicle. At Flock Safety, we develop technology that automatically gives law enforcement the vehicle evidence they need to investigate and resolve cases faster, while mitigating human bias.

She adds that national statistics offer strong evidence. “Currently, more than 2,000 communities are using Flock Safety LPR technology. Every day, our systems help solve more than 600-700 crimes, or about 3% of the crimes reported in this country. And these include all types of crimes, from homicide and assault to burglary and vehicle theft.

It’s teamwork that includes sharing resources, says Beilin Cooperative Solutions. “Many of our private customers share camera access directly with local law enforcement, creating a collaborative public safety infrastructure.” These private clients can include neighborhood groups, homeowners associations and local businesses.

The systems provide comprehensive coverage within a community. Flock Safety’s Falcon Automatic License Plate Reader captures 97% of vehicle traffic and automatically detects vehicle characteristics (license plate, vehicle make, vehicle color and classification). “To prevent misreads, Flock security LPR cameras verify that the plate’s status matches the plate listed in a state or national crime database before alerting law enforcement of the plate,” says Beilin. The devices run on solar power and connect to the cloud using fourth-generation global wireless communication standards.

The Company’s LPR technology helps law enforcement not only solve, but also reduce crime. “Flock Safety’s proactive real-time alerts for stolen vehicles, known wanted offenders and missing/in danger do more than help police solve a case, they actually help reduce crime by ensuring that those who aim to commit a crime cannot do so in a particular jurisdiction,” Beilin said.

She adds that the municipal official or government agency that makes the purchasing decision for these types of readers varies by jurisdiction. “It really depends on the municipality and the client. Often, a city will need to seek approval from the city council to purchase the devices. Other times, a city manager or chief of police is the primary decision maker. The important thing to note is that we have teams that are accustomed to working with all parts of a community and any public official to respond to citizens’ concerns and questions, and to ensure that technology is used in a way fair, effective and beneficial. .”

Ohio community adds to its fleet of license plate readers

The North Olmsted, Ohio City Council recently approved a two-year contract covering the procurement, installation and monitoring of 15 Flock Falcon cameras. The units are expected to operate this summer across the city. Money from the North Olmsted Hotel/Motel Fund will be used to pay for this new deployment. Law enforcement agencies in northeast Ohio communities currently rely on approximately 600 Flock cameras.

For the past 10+ years, city officials have deployed not only a mobile unit attached to a police car, but also LPR cameras near the intersection of the city’s Great Northern Mall. Cuyahoga County funds were used to pay for the installation of the mall.

Police searched and probed the Flock database to solve a recent break and enter crime in the town, North Olmsted Police Chief Bob Wagner said. The database uncovered a suspect from another city’s camera. “It’s not a situation like Big Brother,” Wagner told Cleveland.com. “Not everyone is being watched. And that’s going to help us solve crimes.

North Olmsted Mayor Nicole Dailey Jones is an advocate for the recent acquisition of the Flock camera. “The safety of all residents of North Olmsted continues to be a top priority of my administration,” Jones said. “These cameras are a key tool to help provide that security.”

OMNIA Partners Public Sector offers ALPR technology under a cooperation agreement. The contract is placed by Traffic and Parking Control Co. Inc. (TAPCO). It covers LPR systems from TIBA Parking Solutions. TIBA products integrate with the parking lot call center services of TAPCO’s partner, Parker Technology. The LPR systems available under the contract provide benefits such as recording license plates as cars enter and exit parking structures, increase payment compliance and facilitate the identification of violators.

Michael Keating is editor for US city and county. Contact him at [email protected].

Milton S. Rodgers