Berkeley Place Security Camera Proposal
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There has been renewed interest in an enhanced security plan for Berkeley Place due to the recent child abduction in Ryan Place and increased property thefts in our area, as well as the constant problem of packages being stolen. The BPA Security Committee revisited the topic (see August 2018 Poobah) and again propose the following for your consideration. The BPA is not comfortable committing the amount needed of the general fund towards security, so we have developed a plan to separately crowdfund for the Security Cameras. Once we have raised enough to cover one to one and half years, we feel confident proceeding with the contract. This project can be financed by families contributing the amount of one month’s household security bill.
Security Committee recommends installation of wireless, solar-powered surveillance cameras with signage at all neighborhood entry/exit points. These cameras will:
· Read license plates 24/7, and record vehicle descriptions during both daylight and nighttime hours (data maintained for 30 days).
· Detect individuals on foot or on bicycle/scooter by motion activation.
· Provide Berkeley residents with the ability to share suspicious behavior with local law enforcement as warranted.
Important Privacy Note: Access to camera footage will be restricted to a select few Administrators to prevent unauthorized viewing. Berkeley Place residents can also request exclusion of their personal license plate/vehicle data.
Security Committee estimates the need for nine cameras at an annual cost of $18,000 ($2,000/camera). The Supplier is Flock Safety Systems; selected because of unique system capabilities, and from lack of availability of other similar products.
· Flock requires a minimum 24-month contract term.
· Installation of cameras/signage will take 3-4 weeks after contract is executed.
· BPA will potentially partner with Mistletoe Heights to share some costs.
To get started, BPA plans to cover first year’s contract expense with a one-time neighborhood fundraiser. Each household is asked to contribute $50 for this initiative. After enough funds are raised, the BPA will sign the contract and schedule installation.
The key to effective neighborhood security is community involvement.
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Map of Camera Locations in Berkeley
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What should I expect to happen after our neighborhood signs up for Flock?
A: We make the entire process as easy and personal as possible. You will be connected to an account rep who will work closely with you to setup billing, determine the placement of your cameras, install your cameras, and validate that the cameras are working well after installation.
Q: Why does License Plate Recognition matter?
A: 87% of non-violent crime goes unsolved in the United States. It's not because police aren't doing their job, it's because they lack good evidence. So we set out to build a product that could actually help solve crime. And it became clear that the best way to do that was to provide better evidence to police. We built our cameras with License Plate Recognition (LPR) capabilities. Because we hear time and again from law enforcement that a license plate is the best piece of evidence.
Q: Does my neighborhood need Flock cameras?
A: Here at Flock, we believe every neighborhood has the opportunity to improve overall safety. At Flock, we pride ourselves in our ability to help solve crime in neighborhoods. In the last few months, we have provided evidence in more than 10 investigations and have aided in the arrest of 2 criminals. While solving crime is our main objective, we ultimately want to prevent crime in the neighborhoods we protect. Together our cameras, which work to solve crime, and our signage, which help deter crime, can make your neighborhood a safer place.
Q: How much does a Flock camera cost?
A: Pricing is pretty straight-forward. On a two-year contract, it's $2,000 / camera /year. This includes everything - installation, maintenance, footage hosting, cellular service, and software updates.
Q: Can Flock cameras read license plates?
A: Yes! Over 70% of crime occurs with a vehicle, so Flock Safety is able to capture vehicles traveling up to 55 MPH, day and night, and up to 75 ft away.
Q: How is footage stored?
A: We store our footage in the cloud, so you can securely access the cameras from any laptop or smartphone. It’s fast and easy to access footage when you need it. This also allows us to continue to improve the software and deploy enhancements out to our cameras in real-time.
Q: Does a Flock camera capture video or still images?
A: Still images. Don't waste time combing through hours of footage with a traditional video camera. Flock Safety leverages advanced machine vision to turn video footage into high quality still frames so that you can quickly get to the moment the crime occurred and pass that over to the police to aid in their investigation.
Q: What is the Resident SafeList?
A: Flock also has the ability to only record license plates of non-residents, reducing the concern of your neighbors feeling watched. If a neighbor's license plate is on the SafeList, any footage of their vehicle will be marked as “resident". The neighbor can even opt to have their vehicle removed from the footage in the interest of privacy.
Flock Safety FAQs
Q: How do we best protect our neighborhood with Flock cameras?
A: First and foremost, we always recommend covering the egress points. At a minimum, if there is an incident, you will then be able to see exactly which vehicles were in your neighborhood. Then we prioritize the following in terms of Flock camera placement:
1. Solar Power - Our cameras require a few hours of direct sunlight each day to function.
2. Proximity - It’s important that our cameras are as close to the lane of traffic they are capturing as possible. We never recommend shooting across lanes of traffic as we run the risk of missing vehicles.
3. Incoming + Outgoing - Ideally, you would have a camera covering incoming traffic and another covering outgoing traffic. However, if you must choose one, we suggest covering incoming traffic.
4. Discretion - We have purposely designed our cameras to be discreet and to fit into the landscape of your community as much as possible. We make every attempt to ensure that during installation, we place the cameras in a location that does not disrupt the aesthetics of the community.
Q: How are Flock cameras installed?
A: Flock installs cameras in the best place for your neighborhood. At a minimum, we place them near the entrance(s) but encourage our customers to consider placing them strategically throughout your community for maximum effectiveness. We recommend either an 8ft or 14ft pole be installed, depending on the layout of your community. Flock is capable and happy to facilitate either installation type. Note: installation on a pole up tot 8ft is included in the price.
Q: Where can a Flock camera be installed?
A: Just about anywhere! Flock Safety leverages solar + battery for power, and cellular (LTE) for data communications, removing any upfront costs. Flock cameras only require a few hours of sunlight a day.
Q: What happens after Flock cameras are installed?
A: The Flock Safety team confirms camera performance (i.e. camera is receiving plenty of sunlight, connecting to the cellular network, taking quality pictures, etc.). After this validation period completes, Flock begins your billing cycle and grants footage access to the designated parties.
Q: Does Flock offer onsite visits prior to installation?
A: In 99% of cases, an onsite visit prior to installation is not required. We are able to utilize satellite imagery to help select the best location for your cameras.
Q: Can I be onsite for the installation?
A: We'll give you a heads up before our installers comes onsite. You're more than welcome to meet them, but it is not required! We finalize camera locations prior to their visit so that we can ensure we are well prepared for a successful installation.
Q: Is the footage securely stored?
A: All data is securely stored with AES256 encryption with our cloud provider, Amazon Web Services. On device, footage is only stored temporarily until it has been uploaded to the cloud at which point it is removed from the local device.
Q: Who has access to Flock footage?
A: Your neighborhood 100% owns the data. Flock will not share, sell, or access your data. Your neighborhood determines who has access to footage. Either an HOA board member, trusted neighbor, or every neighbor - it’s your call. We have the ability to grant an individual access for a short period of time. So in the event of a crime, the neighborhood could grant the victim access to Flock footage for 24 hours.
Q: Who monitors the footage?
A: Flock Safety does not monitor the footage of your cameras. However, software is in place to measure the performance and quality of images which is used to preemptively diagnosis issues and schedule service calls.
Q: What happens in the event of a crime?
A: We make it really easy and fast to pull the footage you need if a crime occurs. Input the day and time window into our web portal. If your neighborhood has opted into the SafeList feature, each image will even be marked as resident or non-resident. You then share with law enforcement so they can investigate using one of the options below:
- You can download that footage and email it directly to the police officer
- You can print out the footage and share it physically
- You can let your account manager know that you would like to give the police access directly to the Flock system for a defined period of time.
Armed with the footage provided by Flock, the police can now continue their investigation with actionable evidence.
Q: Are Flock cameras really noticeable or can they blend in with the surrounding?
A: We designed our cameras to be discreet. Avoid the traditional eyesores of security cameras. Flock Safety was designed in the United States specifically for neighborhoods.
Q: What are the technical specifications of the camera?
A: POWER: 14Ah Battery; 30W Solar Panel
DATA: 16GB local storage(~2 weeks)
IMAGE: 5MP Image Sensor
MOTION: Passive Infrared Motion Detection
CONNECTIVITY: Embedded Cellular LTE Connection
DESIGN: IP65 Waterproof; Designed and Manufactured in the United States
NIGHT VISION: 850nm Custom IR Array; Capable of capturing LPR up to 75ft
CLOUD: 30 Days of Cloud Storage (Amazon Web Services); Accessible via secure site on Desktop and Mobile
Q: Who is responsible for the camera?
A: Flock will install and maintain the Flock camera in your neighborhood. Maintenance is 100% included in your cost and you will never receive a
maintenance bill from Flock. If your camera is damaged or stolen, we will provide a replacement camera free of charge.
Q: What happens if my camera requires maintenance?
A: If a camera needs maintenance, a technician will be onsite within 72 hours, free of charge.
Q: Has Flock helped solve any crime?
A: Yes! Read more about the crime we have helped solve and prevented on our website.
Q: Are there any educational videos that I can review about Flock?
A: Yes! Take a look at the videos we have created on our website.
Q: What are all my neighborhood security options?
A: We get asked this question a lot so did the research for you! Take a look at our website to learn how protect your neighborhood from gates to patrol
services and figure out which is best for you.