New technologies are coming to help keep students and faculty at UAB safer. This week, the Birmingham City Council approved 12 license plate readers for the campus around downtown.
Hunter Williams, Birmingham City Council Chair of Economic Development and Tourism, says it will beef up the arsenal of LPRs they already have in and around the metro-area.
The Flock camera system is becoming increasingly popular among law enforcement agencies. The cameras help investigators find or keep tabs on certain cars that are traveling. For example, if a criminal steals a car, police can input the license plate and the camera system can follow the car in real time.
Williams says the cameras will be used, utilized, run, and paid for by UAB and their police department.
“What it does is it expands the network for all law enforcement agencies in our metro area and the more and more law enforcement agencies that have these types of tools, the better the success rates that we can get when we have stolen property or we have violent suspects that we are looking for,” said Williams.
“At UAB, the safety of our students, employees, patients, and guests is our highest priority, and we are pleased to be working in collaboration with the City of Birmingham to explore new technologies to enhance campus security and advance our coordination with Birmingham Police.”
The same UAB spokesperson says while it’s too early to comment on the specifics of the initiative right now, they hope to share more details later on.
Source : Wbrc