Utilizing the latest technology to detect and deter criminal activity, the Loveland Police Department has placed Flock Safety Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR) throughout the city to capture the "fingerprint" of vehicles.
Approximately 70% of all crimes involve a vehicle. With the readers, a vehicle fingerprint can be captured: the license plate, make, model, color, and number of times the vehicle has been seen. Alerts are sent to officers for cars wanted in connection with crimes, stolen vehicles, wanted persons, and Amber/Silver Alerts for missing persons. Investigators can use Flock data (stored for 30 days) to identify cars used in crimes.
The devices are NOT used for traffic enforcement.
Here is an example of how the Flock data could be used... In 2022, a senior resident with memory issues drove away from home. Family contacted LPD to report a missing person. A search of Flock could have provided a direction of travel. The resident's vehicle could have been entered into Flock's database, and officers would be alerted if/when it passed by any Flock license plate reader nationwide.
A Transparency Portal will be maintained for the public to view how many records are captured. View now.
To learn more about the city's Flock Safety ALPR system, please click here.