Duluth, GA ‐ August 16, 2021 – The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District’s (GPCID) board of directors recently approved the installation of additional Flock Safety cameras bringing the total number of cameras to 63 in more than 60 locations across the district. The Automatic License Plate Reading (ALPR) cameras are installed in coordination with the Gwinnett County Police Department.
Installation of the Flock Safety cameras began in 2020 with 50 cameras in 36 locations, and as a result, the cameras have been a game-changer in the Gwinnett Place CID’s ongoing efforts to keep Gwinnett’s central business district one of the safest locations in Gwinnett County. For example, in 2019 there were two arrests for stolen vehicles in the GPCID which rose to 40 arrests in 2020, due to the cameras’ ability to read license plates and alert officers in real-time. The Gwinnett Place CID has continued to see decreases in other forms of crime as well. As of June 2021, the Gwinnett County Central Precinct has seen a 42.11% decrease in commercial burglary, an 10.68% decrease in residential burglary and a 27.76% decrease in car break-ins. Specifically, the Gwinnett Place CID cameras helped the Gwinnett County Police Department to make 94 arrests in the Central precinct in 2020 and allows the police an opportunity to better investigate cases, coordinate communication with other police precincts (both in and out of state) and make arrests, when warranted, more quickly and efficiently.
“The CID’s investment in the cameras has provided the Gwinnett County Police Department with additional tools to not just to solve crime but also prevent it,” said Central Precinct Commander, Major Christopher Rafanelli of the Gwinnett County Police Department. “By working with the GPCID and placing cameras throughout the district we’ve been able to deter criminals or more quickly catch those who have committed a crime.”
“At Flock Safety, we know that the path to a safe community is through forging strong bonds between law enforcement and the communities they pledge to protect, which is why we’re honored to partner with Gwinnett Place CID and Gwinnett County Police,” said Garrett Langley, Founder and CEO of Flock Safety. “The crime reductions that Gwinnett Place CID has seen is proof that when law enforcement, engaged and active citizens, and ethical, effective technology all work together, we really can make a demonstrable difference in public safety.”
“The CID remains committed to keeping Gwinnett Place safe and inviting with various safety initiatives like community patrols, graffiti removal, right-of-way landscape maintenance and the Flock Safety cameras,” said Joe Allen, GPCID Executive Director. “In addition to the added security cameras, the CID-funds daily community patrols, resulting in nearly 5,000 hours patrolling the area annually. The CID is committed to keeping its businesses, residents and visitors safe in the district.”
Flock ALPR Camera System Benefits:
- Operates 24 hours a day, recording license plates and sending “Hotlist” Alerts for stolen vehicles, stolen tags and individuals with warrants. The police cannot be everywhere all the time, but the Flock cameras can!
- Alerts officers immediately of any stolen vehicles, tags or wanted persons in the area.
- Allows officers to search the camera database for a suspect vehicle. With a vehicle’s plate number, officers and detectives have an immediate investigative lead on the suspect’s information.
The CID and police department urge community members to do their part in preventing crime by storing valuables in a safe out-of-sight place and locking car doors.
About Gwinnett Place CID
The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District was founded in 2005 and is the premier employment and activity center for Gwinnett County with an annual economic impact of $13.4 billion on the County and Georgia. Its mission is to be the hub for economic vitality and employment activity and be recognized as a flourishing center for an internationally diverse, livable urban community. Gwinnett Place enjoys close proximity to the world-class Arena at Gwinnett Center, easy access to I-85 and Georgia Highway 316 corridors and serves as the gateway to Atlanta and all of Northeast Georgia. Annually, more than 8 million visitors come to Gwinnett Place seeking unique shopping experiences, an international mix of dining options and a wide array of entertainment venues. For more information, please visit the website or mobile channel, or connect via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.
Maren Wilburn, on behalf of GPCID