Oak Brook Launches 50/50 License Plate Reader Program

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The Oak Brook Police Department and some of the homeowners associations in the village have joined forces to improve security.

The village has implemented a 50/50 license plate reader program, which includes the installation of a camera system for each of the participating homeowners associations and therefore provides important information to the police when needed. . The village and the owners’ associations share the costs.

“LPRs have a proven track record in locating stolen and suspicious vehicles and are used as an investigative tool when damage or crime is later discovered,” Village Manager Greg Summers said. “Working with homeowner associations allows village investment to go further, while using LPRs on vehicles entering the defined area of ​​a subdivision, allowing the police department to begin responding to a vehicle suspect even before a suspect begins to commit an offence.”

Oak Brook has 18 unclosed subdivisions and 13 that are closed. Of the 18 ungated communities, 15 homeowner associations have expressed interest in price quotes for participation and acquisition of license plate readers. Of those, eight agreed to participate at that time, Summers said.

He said on Monday that electrical work was completed last week and cameras are being installed this week.

The Trinity Lakes Homeowners Association is the one that chose to participate in the program.

Denise Marro, president of Trinity Lakes, said residents appreciate the idea of ​​the added security offered by license plate readers.

“It’s an extra layer of security and really all we have,” she said. “It helps give the police more information about who might be driving here, who shouldn’t be here. I think it’s wonderful that the village has pursued this for us.

Summers said that collectively the program will add 15 additional license plate reader cameras to Oak Brook, as well as seven additional village cameras in direct proximity to Oakbrook Center, a recently acquired mobile unit, several owned and operated cameras by Oakbrook Center, and those already in place. inventory of the village system.

“Many village subdivisions already have their own gated security checkpoint and/or camera systems in place that provide this level of security, so it was never intended that there would be a level of turnout 100%,” Summers said.

He said while the police department originally requested $50,000 for Oak Brook license plate readers, the village council chose to set aside $200,000 for the 50/50 cost matching program. 50, with the desire to increase the village contribution if the interest of the owners’ association exceeded the allocation. funding.

Summers said license plate readers are becoming commonplace in law enforcement, but thinks the 50/50 program is unique at this point.

“This is the first attempt that we know of to use technology in partnership with individual homeowner associations to secure their own neighborhoods,” he said.

Police Chief Brian Strockis said that in addition to the increase in license plate readers, Oak Brook Police will implement a new real-time virtual crime center integrating both readers and other cameras throughout the village.

“We are leveraging technology to better serve the community,” he said.

Chuck Fieldman is a freelance journalist for Pioneer Press.

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