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License Plate Readers Contribute To Marietta's Falling Crime Rate

From July 2018 to March 2019, police reported a 12% drop in crime. Neighborhoods where LPRs are used reported a 34% drop.

Story from Patch.com.

MARIETTA, GA — During the nine months from July 2018 to March 2019, Marietta PD reported a city-wide 12% drop in crime year-over-year. Over the same time period, in areas in Marietta with Flock Safety's automatic license plate reading (ALPR) cameras, the drop was nearly three times as high at 34%.

Officer Chuck McPhilamy from Marietta police confirmed the data, but said the department cannot attribute the difference solely to the addition of the Flock Safety devices. McPhilamy said the department does embrace the "fixed license plate reader" technology and has placed an order for 10 additional units, paying for the devices out of drug asset forfeiture money.

Ten Marietta neighborhoods use Flock Safety ALPR cameras to provide evidence to police and warn would-be thieves that they are on camera.

Read more on Patch.com.

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