Blossom City Council Reviews Flock Security Cameras to Help Sheriff’s Office | New

BLOSSOM – Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass urged the city to purchase crime prevention cameras during a Thursday night meeting in which Blossom City Council continued to work on a planning map and Zoning Councilors and Councilors voted for Lamar County Assessment District Directors.

Flock security cameras, when placed in high traffic areas, capture license plate numbers as vehicles pass by and are a proven asset to law enforcement, Cass said in explaining how the system provides connectivity to other cameras currently placed across the country. He noted that local law enforcement currently has access to more than 80 cameras in Northeast Texas.

The registration numbers of vehicles suspected of offenses are placed in the Flock system, and when a suspicious vehicle passes a camera, the system alerts law enforcement and the information becomes readily available on the vehicles’ computers. patrol.

“Then if something happens, like a burglary, like a missing person, like a young runaway and that vehicle passes a herd, it captures that tag,” Cass said. “I have two auto detectives who use them day in and day out, and we have already solved several crimes, including a double murder that you may remember that happened in Tigertown.

“These cameras have become such an important tool that we use in surveys every day,” said Cass, noting that the city of Paris has installed 21 cameras at city entry points and high crime areas, and that Lamar County has multiple cameras. in operation. The Town of Reno has cameras at its entry points, and the Towns of Roxton and Deport are considering a purchase.

Cameras, powered by solar energy and using cellular connectivity, are mounted on poles, according to information provided by Paris Police Inspector David Rowton. The cameras cost $ 2,500 per year with a one-time installation fee of $ 250.

“The company maintains and monitors the cameras, and if one fails, they go out and replace it and you don’t even know they’re there,” Rowton said. “It’s a good system and it’s very user-friendly. “

The information, stored on the cameras for 30 days, is only available to law enforcement, Rowton said, noting that only registration tags are available and then officers use their own databases to retrieve records. information about the owner of a vehicle.

During a planning and zoning workshop with consultant Tyler Creamer of Hayter Engineering, council asked Creamer to make changes to a preliminary zoning map that will limit the number of multi-family areas in the city and increase the number of number of single-family and agricultural areas.

In another action, the council approved the purchase of $ 827 in materials to repair the roof of the fire hall, contracted with Crickett Cellular for four phones at a cost of $ 499.99 each and a monthly charge of $ 100 and divided the city’s 22 votes for the Lamar County assessment. District Board of Directors comprised of David Dunmon, Will Biard, Ed McCraw, Clifton Fendley and Marcus Wood.

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