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  • Writer's pictureFrank Landrian

How safe do you feel about your privacy?


In today’s interconnected world, discussions around privacy and surveillance have become increasingly complex. One company at the forefront of this conversation is Flock Safety, a major player in the camera industry, particularly in collaboration with law enforcement. While their partnership with authorities is well-known, what about your privacy beyond law enforcement concerns?


Flock Safety’s website offers insights into their approach, providing a glimpse into how they handle privacy issues. As you explore their site, you’re encouraged to evaluate and decide for yourself where you stand on these critical issues.


Understanding the nuances of privacy in the context of surveillance technology is crucial. Whether you’re curious about how your data is managed or interested in the broader implications of surveillance, exploring companies like Flock Safety can provide valuable insights.


Stay informed, stay curious, and stay aware—because in today’s digital age, understanding your privacy rights is more important than ever.


When looking at how to combat neighborhood crime, there are many kinds of security systems — with very different features and benefits — for your neighborhood or HOA board to choose from. 

One option proven to help keep neighborhoods safe is Flock Safety license plate reading cameras. Flock Safety has customers in 2000+ cities across the country, ranging from neighborhoods, apartment complexes, businesses and more looking to level up their safety with technology.

You may not know much about license plate reading cameras, which is why we’re going to break down six common myths, helping you decide whether they could be a good fit for your community.

MYTH 1: License Plate Reading Cameras Are Only For Law Enforcement

You may think license plate reading cameras are just for law enforcement use, but, neighborhoods, townhomes, apartment communities, and businesses also see success — i.e., increased safety — using these cameras. 

Flock cameras capture the license plate information of the vehicles coming through your neighborhood, which are crucial pieces of evidence when it comes to investigating a crime. Plus, if your neighborhood chooses to share footage with local law enforcement, they will be automatically notified when a wanted vehicle enters your neighborhood, allowing them to take action immediately.

MYTH 2: LPR Cameras ONLY Capture License Plates

While they’re designed to capture license plates, Flock cameras also capture images of the back of a vehicle that can be helpful when investigating a crime. Flock Safety’s Vehicle Fingerprint Technology identifies the type, make, color, and other identifying characteristics of the vehicles captured such as roof racks. It can also distinguish between permanent and temporary (paper) plates. 

This feature was needed when a homeowner in an Indianapolis neighborhood experienced theft. Although the homeowner did not see the vehicle used to commit the crime, a neighbor noticed a few details. 

“We were able to ID the car because we had a witness see the gentleman do it. They told us what the car looked like, the color and the make and the time, and we were able to go to the footage and get the car with the license plate,” Jayson Parker, the HOA President, told the Indianapolis news.

MYTH 3: LPR Cameras Are Very Costly

Flock cameras were designed with neighborhoods in mind, and our subscription service model includes camera setup, installation, and maintenance for a turn-key experience.

Think about it this way — in the average U.S. neighborhood of 50 homes, the cost of crime protection and neighborhood security for one homeowner could be as low as $50 per year.

MYTH 4: Security Systems Require Wiring and Complex Installation

Flock Safety cameras are infrastructure-free, powered by a solar panel and connected to LTE (just like a cell phone) to transmit information. This allows the cameras to be installed almost anywhere in your neighborhood with no additional utility bills.

An added benefit is that these LPR cameras blend seamlessly in with neighborhoods. This was a big selling point for Lakeland City Commissioner Wesley Wright. “It’s not an eyesore — it gives you safety but doesn’t take away from the beauty around you,” Wesley said about Lakeland’s Flock cameras.

MYTH 5: Installing Cameras In My Neighborhood Means Sacrificing Privacy

Privacy is not something anyone should have to sacrifice for safety, which is why Flock customers own 100% of their data. This means we will never sell or share public safety data or footage with third parties. Once captured, footage is transmitted immediately to a secure cloud server and then deleted from the device. All footage is deleted from our servers after 30 days on default, or in the timeframe required by state and local law.

We also know that some neighborhood residents will simply not want to appear in the Flock Safety system — and that’s okay. To solve their concerns, we have created the SafeList feature, a setting that allows residents to register their license plates and opt to be eliminated from captured footage altogether.

MYTH 6: My Neighborhood Is Already Safe – We Don’t Need Cameras

Sure, maybe you’ve experienced a porch pirate, or your neighbor was the victim of mail theft, but nothing really dangerous has happened on your street, so you’re hesitant. Is going to the trouble of installing cameras really necessary?

The FBI reports that home burglary victims suffer an average of $2,188 in property loss, and even a relatively modest increase in property crime can depress home values by as much as 10%. But beyond financial factors, your home should be where you and your family feel the safest. Even if you haven’t experienced much crime, when it comes to your neighborhood, is feeling pretty safe good enough?

Flock cameras can help ensure that when it comes to your community’s safety and security, you leave nothing to chance.


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