As downtown Milwaukee business leaders raise concerns about increasing crime, law enforcement agencies, neighborhoods and businesses across the state are implementing technology that promises to help reduce crime by up to 70%.

The Mequon Police Department is among 28 entities statewide that use Flock Safety, a license-plate-reading camera system developed by an Atlanta startup that’s valued at $3.5 billion. The cameras provide 24/7 monitoring and alert local police when a stolen vehicle or wanted person is detected.

Mequon recently recovered four stolen vehicles using its new Flock Safety system, according to a March 18 announcement on the city of Mequon’s website. The system alerted the department to seven stolen vehicles.

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