FLOCK SAFETY CAMERAS PROVE TO BE A GAME-CHANGER IN KEEPING DESTINY USA AND SYRACUSE COMMUNITY SAFE
— License Plate Reading Cameras Prove Instrumental in Crime Prevention and Resolution, Garnering Recognition from State Law Enforcement Agencies —
Syracuse, NY (February 1, 2024) – Six months into its partnership with the Syracuse Police Department and Flock Safety, Destiny USA’s License Plate Reading (LPR) cameras have proven to be a powerful tool in preventing and solving crime in the Syracuse community. Flock Safety cameras have scanned nearly 400,000 vehicles per month since the program began in August of 2023, and provided law enforcement with real-time data to identify the make, model, color, and license plate of each vehicle entering and exiting every vehicle entrance to Destiny USA.
“Thanks to the Flock cameras and our partnership with the Syracuse Police Department, we’re literally meeting a small group of trespassed individuals and repeat shoplifters at the door – before they enter the property, and that’s an absolute game-changer in our efforts to provide a safe environment to everyone that visits Destiny USA,” said Stephen J. Congel, Chief Executive Officer of Pyramid Management Group. “What’s more, our cameras are also enhancing the ways law enforcement agencies like the Syracuse Police Department are able to prevent and solve crime, and that’s good news for our entire community.”
“The Syracuse Police Department applauds Destiny USA’s continued investments and improvements toward public safety that effectively provide a safe and enjoyable experience for guests from all over the region,” said Syracuse Chief of Police, Joseph L. Cecile. “Our partnership with Pyramid has never been stronger, and we look forward to working with them to find progressive, best-practice strategies to further enhance the shopping experience at Destiny USA.”
The success stories from the Flock Safety camera system are numerous:
- Trespass Enforcement: Using vehicle license plates, Destiny USA has been able to identify and prohibit individuals who have previously been trespassed from the property and are attempting to re-enter.
- Shoplifting Deterrence: The Flock Safety cameras have proven invaluable in identifying and stopping shoplifters in their tracks. The real-time alerts sent to law enforcement have enabled quick responses to the arrival of these individuals on property, leading to apprehensions and reduced theft.
- Aiding Ongoing SPD Investigations: The data generated by the Flock Safety cameras available to the Syracuse Police Department has been a valuable asset in aiding ongoing investigations for SPD and other law enforcement agencies. The ability to access real-time information has accelerated their efforts and improved case resolution in addition to arrests made.
Founded in 2017, Flock Safety is a public safety operating system that aims to eliminate crime while respecting individual rights, building devices that capture objective evidence and use machine learning to detect and deliver unbiased investigative leads to law enforcement. Communities that have implemented Flock Safety have reported crime reductions of up to 70% and the system is now used by more than 3,700 communities in the United States.