Mount Hope Police Add License Plate Cameras to Help Fight Crime

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The municipality of Mount Hope, New York, is adding six licence sheet speechmaking cameras to combat crimes specified arsenic car theft, according to Police Chief Paul Rickard.

Four cameras are already up and running, with 2 much to beryllium added successful the coming weeks, helium said.

On their archetypal time successful operation, the cameras helped constabulary find a stolen car wrong hours of the complaint, Rickard told The Epoch Times.

The cameras seizure a inactive representation of immoderate passing conveyance from the backmost and automatically construe the representation into searchable accusation specified arsenic conveyance make, color, and licence sheet number. Images are stored for 30 days earlier they are overwritten by caller ones.

“They tin assistance america analyse crime. They tin assistance america with in-progress things. We tin besides usage it for notifications to assistance at-risk citizens. There are each kinds of possibilities you could usage with them,” Rickard said.

For example, if a national is reported to beryllium suicidal—or homicidal—and needs to beryllium secured immediately, constabulary tin participate the citizen’s licence sheet into the strategy to find the person, helium added.

The cameras are provided by Flock Safety company, which charges $2,500 for each camera each twelvemonth for full-range services, including hosting the footage, bundle maintenance, and managing net providers.

Police departments that usage Flock services tin link and stock information with 1 another, the constabulary main said.

Nearby Middletown has utilized the services for years, helium said.

“If determination was a car-involved incidental successful Middletown, we could spot if the car came to Mount Hope conscionable by checking the plate. The full strategy is interconnected,” helium said.

“The cameras are conscionable different instrumentality that gives america the accidental to assistance support the community, analyse crime, and stock accusation crossed antithetic agencies,” helium added.

Starting successful August, Rickard noticed an uptick successful car thefts successful town, mostly involving unlocked cars.

He warned municipality residents of the inclination successful an August 15 video, reminding them to rotation up car windows, fastener car doors, and instrumentality invaluable things with them erstwhile they permission their cars—even connected their driveways.

Cara Ding

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Cara is an Orange County, New York-based Epoch Times reporter. She tin beryllium reached astatine [email protected]