ALPR camera, file

In this file photo, an ALPR camera is used to monitor a road near a business. Flock, an Atlanta-based company, entered an agreement with Gwinnett Place CID to install cameras on Gwinnett roads next year.

The board of directors for the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District announced a multi-year partnership with Flock Safety this past week to install a “large number” of automatic license plate reading cameras in 2020 with the option to add more.

The CID, which touts its footprint as “Gwinnett’s Central Business District” and includes the district’s namesake mall, said the cameras represent one of its largest investments this year. The partnership is tied to one of the CID’s key focus areas: public safety.

“We exist for our businesses to flourish,” CID Board Chairman Leo Wiener said. “And that’s possible thanks to partnerships with the Gwinnett County Police Department and investment in crime-fighting technology like Flock Safety.

Flock Safety is an Atlanta-based company that was started by Georgia Tech graduates in 2017. Its automatic license plate reading — or ALPR — camera system is the only one built specifically for neighborhoods, businesses and law enforcement, according to the CID.

“We’re excited to work with Gwinnett Place CID and play a small part in helping the community thrive,” Flock Safety CEO Garrett Langley said. “Our mission is to eliminate crime, and I look forward to seeing crime rates continue to drop.”

Officials with the CID said Flock Safety cameras have been able to provide police with evidence to help solve as many as five crimes per hour in about 400 cities located across the U.S. About 60 percent of police departments in the greater Atlanta area use Flock’s cameras, according to the CID.

The cameras are solar-powered and designed to capture evidence for law enforcement in a quick and easy format, which can help officers quickly track leads. The camera recordings also have timestamps on them, which can help law enforcement look for specific vehicles.

Gwinnett County Police Maj. Christopher Smith, from the police department’s Central Precinct, praised the move.

“Technology like that provided by Flock gives our officers and detectives information to more efficiently do our jobs,” Smith said. “Thanks to GPCID for their investment in continuing to improve safety in the district.”

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Taylor Denman is a reporter born and raised in Gwinnett County. He came back home to seize the rare opportunity of telling stories about the county in which he grew up.

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