TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Flock Safety cameras have grown in popularity throughout the Birmingham metro area, scanning for license plates and helping officers solve property crime cases.
The city of Trussville has been trying these cameras out for the last two months and in that time, they’ve been able to locate stolen vehicles, missing vehicles and arrest people with outstanding warrants.
On Tuesday, the police hosted a community meeting to inform HOA’s of the benefits of purchasing Flock cameras.
“As far as crime-fighting on our end, we love it and I endorse it. I don’t work for Flock, but I endorse it, it’s an excellent product,” said Trussville Police Chief Eric Rush.
The cameras aren’t cheap. They cost $2,000 per camera per year to operate. They also require a two-year contract. The company recommends placing two cameras at each neighborhood entrance. For some neighborhoods, it’s too costly.
“We’ve got five entrances, so we’d be locked into $20,000 for two years so that could be a factor in a small subdivision like we have,” Glen Cross resident Pete Drake said.
The cameras are motion-activated and take snapshots of cars as they pass. If a vehicle of interest passes, officers are alerted within seconds.
“We’ve gotten several stolen vehicles, we’ve gotten stolen tags, we’ve gotten people with warrants,” Rush said.
Rush said he plans to budget in costs for 10 cameras for the next fiscal year.