TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is about to add another free crime-fighting tool to its arsenal.
In several weeks, they will install 25 Flock security cameras in high-crime areas of the county as part of a pilot project that will allow the county to determine if the new technology is worth investing in.
On Tuesday, FOX23 paid a visit to the Forest Hills Neighborhood Association in Tulsa who have already paid to install 13 Flock security cameras at all entrances to their neighborhood.
Now, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is set to test the cameras over the next twelve months.
Eighteen months ago, Frank Rhoades, president of the Forest Hills Neighborhood Association, said they had decided to remove a security service that had just passed through the neighborhood.
“We had a drive-thrus,” Rhoades said. “At one point I totaled it up and we spent $100,000 over seven years and we hadn’t apprehended anyone.”
Flock security cameras, which are installed at every entrance to the neighborhood, are designed to automatically record license plates and vehicle information.
“It’s like a Pike Pass,” Rhoades explained, “it takes a picture of your beacon and pulls it up to the cloud.”
Rhoades says they shared the video and with the help of TPD, they were able to figure out what happened with a hit-and-run and a porch hijacker incident.
The cameras also provide an extra pair of eyes.
“We have 13 entrances,” Rhoades explained, “every day I walk in and I can check who’s in. In 24 hours, 3,500 vehicles pass here.
In just a few weeks, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office will be testing its new cameras that it plans to place in high-crime areas.
“In terms of public safety, all they have to do is walk on camera and we get a ping about it,” said Casey Roebuck, director of communications for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, “can -maybe we can recover a lost child or help locate someone from a silver alert or a hit-and-run.
Flock Safety’s Holly Beilin explains what the cameras are capable of:
“They capture a clear photo of a license plate of vehicles passing in front of the camera,” she said, “they can capture a very clear photo even if a vehicle is going very fast, and even if it is far, they capture their license plate then they capture vehicle details.
Beilin says they allow private customers to automatically share their camera footage with law enforcement, until both parties agree to sign up.
It is possible that county sheriff’s office cameras will partner with neighborhood associations to gather information to help fight crime.
Rhoades says the cameras cost the association about $2,250 a year.
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