SHAVANO PARK, Texas — Helen Cronenberg, of Shavano Park, is a homeowners association president for a community that was having issues with break-ins last fall.
“In October, November of last year, we installed the system, and so far, we have had no problems since then. It has totally eliminated our problems,” Cronenberg said about the Flock Safety camera security system.
The system records license plates going in and out of the gate. The system allows Cronenberg to search specific vehicle types, color or even people and animals that come across the camera.
“If a burglary occurs, we can look for the license plates that entered,” she said. “Our system will tell us ‘Is this the first time this car entered our community?’ or, 'How many times has it entered the community?”
Cronenberg said three people in the HOA have access to the system, and the information is kept for about a month. If they choose, they can share that information with police.
The HOA is currently working to give police access to use the system so that they can use it to track stolen or wanted drivers thought their license plate numbers. The system would automatically alert a dispatcher and send an officer to the area where the vehicle was traced.
For Cronenberg, the system works, and it comes at an affordable price for her community.
Flock Safety says there are license plate readers in 19 communities in the area.