THE Lorraine community has taken a step further in improving the residents’ safety by implementing state-of-the-art licence plate recognition (LPR) cameras recently. This first-of-a-kind project is spearheaded by Fidelity ADT and these cameras have been proven to improve the safety and security significantly of a suburb in pilot areas across the country.LPR cameras also utilise smart analytics technology that intelligently collects and analyses data in the background. The system actively learns its environment to determine what is normal and abnormal behaviour for an area. All of this takes place without human intervention. When a camera detects unusual activity, it immediately alerts the control room operator in the PE Community Information Centre (CIC), who can dispatch police, armed response officers or other emergency services within seconds. LPR technology also records licence plates in order to track a vehicle’s movements in and out of areas. This licence plate is then matched to the SAPS national database to determine if the vehicle is stolen or wanted in a registered crime. Ward 8 Councillor Gustav Rautenbach lauded the project and said the municipality is taking hands with all the roleplayers, including the private sector, to combat crime. Ryan Britz, branch manager for Fidelity ADT’s PE Operation, said, “This technology enables Fidelity ADT to work faster and more efficiently to assist crime deterrence and actively manage crime in an area.” Britz added that Fidelity ADT appeals to the community to be actively involved in helping themselves and their communities. “By supporting the LPR initiative and roll out, we can grow the network of LPR cameras across our footprint and further track and safeguard other communities. “It is only through the community’s buy-in that we can work together to eradicate crime,” he said.