We spoke to a Flock Safety customer that experienced a break-in recently. Early one morning, a woman was awakened by an unknown man in her bedroom with a light in his hands. The man fled the home and drove away in what she described as a Chevy SUV. A police officer responded to her call and saw a vehicle matching the description headed in the opposite direction. He pulled the vehicle over and arrested the driver for several charges, one of which was the break-in.
When the police respond to a call or arrive on the scene, they ask for evidence. Do you have what they need?
Get the camera that works when criminals do.
“Home burglaries usually happen during daytime hours. Research and experience show us that the most common time period is between 12-3 pm.”
— Flock Safety Law Enforcement Consultant Lt. Ben Mixon.
Statistically, most crimes happen during the day, but police still urge citizens to be proactive when it comes to preventing crime. Neighborhoods still need protection at all times of the day. Whenever crime strikes, make sure you have a security camera that works.
Flock Safety security cameras are equipped to capture vehicle details at any time. Why? Because police say the number one piece of evidence they need is a license plate.
Flock Safety cameras uses a combination of both motion detection and infrared technology. This ensures customers can access the highest quality image—day or night. Compared to traditional infrared-only cameras, the Flock system provides a unique Vehicle Fingerprint™ that allows customers to search by characteristics seen by the camera like vehicle type, color, out-of-state plate, and more.
|Daytime footage captured using motion-detection||Nighttime footage captured using 850nm custom IR array|
For many burglaries, it’s not the burglar’s first time in the area.
Burglaries are often a crime of opportunity, and they typically start with criminals “casing” an area. This means criminals are looking to find potential victims based on vulnerabilities:
- Empty houses
- Unlocked windows and doors
- Mail piled up
- Easily accessible backyards
- Open garage doors
“Casing is simply observing,” says Lt. Mixon. “When a criminal cases a home, they watch the home for days prior to committing the burglary. Their purpose is to determine the homeowner’s patterns so they can break in with the most success.”
With Flock Safety’s sophisticated machine vision algorithms, the full story of a vehicle is searchable. If a victim knows any detail about the crime, it’s enough to get the search started:
- Vehicle type or color
- License plate (as little as one character)
The victim we spoke to knew the perpetrator fled in a Chevy SUV. Those were the details she gave police when they arrived on the scene. Because the victim's neighborhood had a Flock camera, that was the only detail police needed to build the case.
After pulling the vehicle over, investigators were able to search the Flock Safety database (the victim's HOA provided access voluntarily) for the tag number of the vehicle. The suspect vehicle and tag number had been captured entering and leaving the subdivision at the exact times of the incident.
Every piece of intel residents can provide helps police.
Even understanding the patterns of the suspect in the neighborhood like how many times they visited can help police build the case.
|Flock Safety shows how many times a vehicle has entered an area.|
“The first thing police look for in any crime, especially in burglaries, is actionable evidence,” says Lt. Mixon. “Security camera footage offers the actionable evidence police can use. Sometimes, with the help of cameras, we find evidence that even the person who owns it doesn't know they have.”
So, if you think a dark photo of a vehicle that only shows the license plate isn’t enough evidence, think again. Vehicle information helps jumpstart the case when police need it most.