Duluth, GA – March 15, 2022 – The power of Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) to improve communities through infrastructure investments, economic development initiatives, security and beautification efforts is undeniable. As part of their overall efforts in 2021, Gwinnett Place CID and Sugarloaf CID made additional district-wide investments in Flock Safety’s Automatic License Plate Reading (ALPR) cameras, which directly attributed to the increased success in stopping and/or solving crimes in Gwinnett County’s Central Precinct.
During 2021, Gwinnett County Police Department’s Central Precinct used the CIDs’ Flock Safety cameras to help recover 104 stolen vehicles with a total value of $1,472,410. They also made 199 arrests, located 93 wanted persons, conducted 46 investigations that led to arrests, and recovered 33 stolen tags.
In one year, these numbers translate to a 53% decrease in commercial burglary, a 23% decrease in car break-ins, and a 5% decrease in residential burglary compared to 2020.
“Having Flock Safety cameras at our disposal has been invaluable to the department and the statistics prove it,” said Major Rafanelli – Central Precinct Commander. “Both Gwinnett Place CID and Sugarloaf CID have been extremely helpful in placing cameras throughout their districts so we cannot only solve but also help to prevent crimes from taking place.”
In 2020, Gwinnett Place CID began working with the Gwinnett County Police Department’s Central Precinct police to install 50 Flock Safety cameras in 36 locations. After proving the initial successful utilization of the technology by Gwinnett Police, the GPCID Board of Directors invested in additional cameras. Today, there are 63 cameras strategically placed in more than 60 locations throughout greater Gwinnett Place, along with 15 throughout the Sugarloaf district.
According to Major Rafanelli, “the cameras have been a game-changer in our ongoing efforts to keep Gwinnett’s central business district at Gwinnett Place one of the safest locations in the County. The number one reason crimes go unsolved is that the police may not have sufficient evidence to solve the case, therefore the cameras are key tools in our fight against crime. GPCID’s camera locations are based on historical crime data and the experience of our officers patrolling the area.”
“When the GPCID Board of Directors approved installation of Flock Safety cameras in the district we knew the investment would quickly provide positive results,” said Joe Allen, GPCID executive director. “We are more than pleased with how the increased number of cameras and the daily CID-funded community patrols have helped keep visitors and the area’s over 27,000 employees safe.”
“Keeping Sugarloaf CID community members safe is of the utmost importance and we’re so thankful to the Gwinnett County Police Department for collaborating with us as we installed our Flock Safety cameras around the district,” said Alyssa Davis, executive director of Sugarloaf CID. “The results we’re seeing are proof of what can happen when communities work together with law enforcement in conjunction with modern technology.”
Flock ALPR Camera System Benefits:
• Operate 24 hours a day, recording license plates and sending “Hot List” Alerts for stolen vehicles, stolen tags, individuals with warrants and endangered persons.
• Alert officers immediately of any stolen vehicles, tags or wanted persons in the area.
• Allow officers to search the camera database for a suspect vehicle using the vehicle’s plate number, providing objective investigative leads.
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.
About Sugarloaf CID
The Sugarloaf Community Improvement District was formed in 2016 to ensure the long-term success of Gwinnett County’s premiere business and entertainment district located along the Sugarloaf Parkway and Satellite Boulevard corridors. The CID is a top regional job center and is home to the Gas South District, a regional destination that attracts over one million visitors per year. Through local, state, and regional partnerships, the Sugarloaf CID is working to make a more secure, attractive, and connected community for businesses and visitors alike. To learn more about the Sugarloaf CID, visit www.sugarloafcid.org.
About Flock Safety
Flock Safety is a public safety operating system that helps communities and law enforcement in over 1,500 cities work together to eliminate crime, protect privacy, and mitigate bias. We build devices that capture objective evidence and use machine learning to detect and deliver unbiased investigative leads to law enforcement. Flock Safety communities have reported crime reductions of up to 70 percent.
Maren Wilburn, on behalf of GPCID
Holly Beilin, on behalf Flock Safety