Concordia University Wisconsin has partnered with the Mequon Police Department to have four state-of-the-art security cameras installed at the campus’s main entrance to enhance campus safety.
“We are proud of our safe campus status and reputation. We prioritize the health and safety of our campus community and the well-being of our neighbors and are pleased to invest in technology that will help our esteemed Campus Safety colleagues and local and county officials maintain their high public welfare standards.”Dr. Steve Taylor, Vice President of Student Life
Concordia University Wisconsin, a perennial university on the list of safest campuses in America, will install four state-of-the-art automatic license plate reader (ALPR) cameras at the campus’s main entrance on Highland Road and the campus entrance on N. Lake Shore Dr. in Mequon, Wisconsin. The public safety cameras capture license plates and vehicle characteristics, not people or faces. These cameras can send alerts to the Mequon Police Department when a vehicle associated with a criminal investigation, wanted, missing, or endangered person passes the camera.
These crime prevention devices were chosen due to the anticipated increase in traffic due to the new Highland Road on and off ramps to Interstate 43. This new highway access is a component of a significant highway renovation project conducted by Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation.
“The partnership the Mequon Police Department has with Concordia University and with the Public in the City of Mequon is what helps keep this community safe,” said Mequon Police Department Chief Patrick Pryor. “This technology adoption by Concordia University is another good example of groups working together to increase the safety of the community. The success of both organizations and the community’s safety depends on developing and maintaining our strong partnerships.”
The camera is built by Flock Safety, a public safety technology company that helps communities, schools, and law enforcement work together to fight crime.
The Flock Safety system integrates with national and state crime databases, such as those maintained by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and state-specific sex offender lists. When a vehicle on these lists, updated at least daily, passes a camera, a real-time alert to law enforcement is triggered. The Flock Safety cameras have helped law enforcement across the country recover thousands of stolen vehicles, make hundreds of arrests, and locate dozens of missing or endangered individuals.
“I’m excited that Concordia has decided to install the Flock camera system at the entrances to its campus and delighted that they have chosen to integrate it with Mequon PD’s system. Mequon PD has found Flock to be an effective system in regards to both solving and preventing crime. By using this system, Concordia is enhancing security both for themselves and it’s surrounding neighbors.”Andrew Nerbun, Mayor, City of Mequon
About Flock Safety
Flock Safety is a public safety operating system that helps communities and law enforcement in 1,200+ cities work together to eliminate crime, protect privacy, and mitigate bias. We build devices that capture objective evidence and use machine learning to create and deliver unbiased investigative leads to law enforcement. Our proprietary devices and cloud-based software reduce crime by over 70 percent. Visit www.flocksafety.com for more information.
CUW is routinely ranked among the safest college campuses in the state, or even the nation. We invite you to visit our safe campus and see if Concordia would be the right fit for you.