May 18, 2022

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The Car & Automotive Devotees

Dozens of license plate cameras installed across city

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NEW AT 11 .. MORE EYES ON CRIME. THE SAVANNAH POLICE DE PARTMENT .. IS NOW EXPANDING A CURRENT PROGRAM IN THE CITY. OUR NIKIYA CARRERO JOINS US NOW LIVE FROM SAVANNAH POLICE HEADQUARTE. RS N IKIYA .. WHAT DID YOU LEARN? SAVANNAH POLICE SAY THEY FOUND THAT ALMOST 70 PERCENT OF CRIMES INCLUDE A VEHICLE. WELL THAT’S ONE REASON THEY ARE AINDDG MORE LICENSE PLATE READERS THROUGHOUT THE CITY. (STONE JACOBS, RESIDENT) AT FIRST WHEN IIR FST MOVED HERE I WAS A LITTLE SKEPTICAL AND JUST READING THE REVIEWS ONLINE, IT SEEMS PRETTY DANGEROUS.” (MARY SAMUELL, RESIDENT) IT FEELS PROBABLY BETTER THAN IT DID A FEW YEARS AGO.” THE SAVANNAH POLE IC DEPARTMENT IS ADDING 32 FLOCK SAFETY CAMERAS TO THE ALREADY … 16 EACH CAMERA IS EQUIPPED WITH LICENSE PLATE READERS…WITH THE GOAL OF SOLVING CRIMES QUICKER… (ROBERT GAVIN, DIVISION COMMANDER, FIELD OPERATIONS) AS SN OOAS THAT CAR OR THAT TAG PASSES A FLOCK CAMERA AN ALERT GOES OFF TO ALL THE OICFFS WHICH IS IN THE VEHICLES COMPUTER.” OFFICER ROBERT GAVIN WITH THE FIELD OPERATIO NS DIVISIONAY SS THE CAMERAS HAVE BROUGHT THE DEPARTMENT MUCH SUCCESS IN NOT ONLY SOLVING CRIMES WITHIN SAVANNAH, BUT ALSO CRIMES OUTSIDE. (GAVIN) SOMEONE COMES INTO SAVANNAH WHOSE DONE SOMETHING HORRIBLE SOMEWHERE ELSE, WE’RE ABLE TO KNOTHW AT THEY’RE HE. ER IF THEIR VEHICLE INFORMATION IS IN THE SYSTEM.” GAVIN SAYS THE CAMERAS A LIKE A FORCE MULTIPLIER AS OFFICERS CAN’T BE EVERYWHERET AONCE TO KEEP THE COMMUNITY SAFE. (MARY SAMUELL, RESIDENT) MAKES ME FEEL LIKE CRIME CAN GET RESOLVED QUICKER WITH THAT.” (STONE JACOBS, RESIDENT) “I FEEL A LOT MORE SAFE WITH THAT ACTUALLY. I KNOW SOME PEOPLE MIGHT BE SKEPTICAL ABOUT IT. BUT I FEEL LIKE WE VEHA TO TAKE MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYBODY SAFE AND I FEEL THIS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTIO” N. NIKIYA .. WHAT KINOF D CRIMES HAVE THESE CAMERAS HELPED SOL? VE COMMANDER GAV TINOLD ME ABOUT ONE CASE IN PARTICULAR, WHERE TWO CHILDREN WERE KIDNAPPED LAST YEA R. AND A FLOCK CAMERA SPOTTED THE CAR THEY WERE SAID TO BE TAKEN IN. NIKIYA .. THANK YOU TONIGHT W..E’RE LEARNING THE GUNMAN INVOLVED IN A SHOOTOUT WITH TWO OFF-DUTY OFFICERS OV ER THE WEEKEND … HAS DI

Police in Savannah install dozens of license plate cameras to catch criminals faster

Savannah Police say almost 70% of crimes in the city involve a vehicle. That is one reason they have installed nearly 50 specialized traffic cameras in the Hostess City.

More eyes on crime as the Savannah Police Department is expanding a current program throughout the city.Savannah Police said they found that almost 70% of crimes in the city involve a vehicle and that is one reason they are adding more license plate readers. “At first when I first moved here I was a little skeptical and just reading the reviews online, it seems pretty dangerous,” said Stone Jacobs, a Savannah resident.TRENDING STORIESMilitary Budget Cuts Hit Home: Warnock splits with Biden over Savannah training center closure planSouth Carolina middle school student killed after school shooting, fellow student arrestedGeorgia mother shot at high school after police say she waved gun at students, employees”It feels probably better than it did a few years ago,” said fellow resident Mary Samuell.The Savannah Police Department is adding 32 Flock Safety cameras to their existing 16 cameras.Each camera is equipped with license plate readers, with the goal of solving crimes quicker.”As soon as that car or that tag passes a Flock camera, an alert goes off to all the officers, which is in the vehicle’s computer,” said Officer Robert Gavin, the division commander of field operations for SPD.Officer Gavin said the cameras have brought the department much success in not only solving crimes within Savannah but also crimes outside.”Someone comes into Savannah who’s done something horrible somewhere else, we’re able to know that they’re here, if their vehicle information is in the system,” Gavin said.Gavin says the cameras are like a force multiplier as officers can’t be everywhere at once to keep the community safe.”Makes me feel like crime can get resolved quicker with that,” Samuell said.”I feel a lot more safe with that actually,” Jacobs said. “I know some people might be skeptical about it. But I feel like we have to take measures to keep everybody safe and I feel this is a step in the right direction.”Commander Gavin told WJCL about one case in particular where two children were kidnapped last year and a Flock camera spotted the car involved.

More eyes on crime as the Savannah Police Department is expanding a current program throughout the city.

Savannah Police said they found that almost 70% of crimes in the city involve a vehicle and that is one reason they are adding more license plate readers.

“At first when I first moved here I was a little skeptical and just reading the reviews online, it seems pretty dangerous,” said Stone Jacobs, a Savannah resident.

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“It feels probably better than it did a few years ago,” said fellow resident Mary Samuell.

The Savannah Police Department is adding 32 Flock Safety cameras to their existing 16 cameras.

Each camera is equipped with license plate readers, with the goal of solving crimes quicker.

“As soon as that car or that tag passes a Flock camera, an alert goes off to all the officers, which is in the vehicle’s computer,” said Officer Robert Gavin, the division commander of field operations for SPD.

Officer Gavin said the cameras have brought the department much success in not only solving crimes within Savannah but also crimes outside.

“Someone comes into Savannah who’s done something horrible somewhere else, we’re able to know that they’re here, if their vehicle information is in the system,” Gavin said.

Gavin says the cameras are like a force multiplier as officers can’t be everywhere at once to keep the community safe.

“Makes me feel like crime can get resolved quicker with that,” Samuell said.

“I feel a lot more safe with that actually,” Jacobs said. “I know some people might be skeptical about it. But I feel like we have to take measures to keep everybody safe and I feel this is a step in the right direction.”

Commander Gavin told WJCL about one case in particular where two children were kidnapped last year and a Flock camera spotted the car involved.

https://www.wjcl.com/article/savannah-license-plate-cameras-police-crime/39608361