Tulsa Police share successes of newly installed Flock Safety Cameras

TULSA, Okla. — Ismael Gonzalez says he opens the grocery store he manages -- Prime Time Nutrition grocery -- in South Tulsa at 7:30 in the morning and he immediately locks the door.

He says he has seen a lot of robberies and break-ins, including at some of his neighbor’s businesses.

Tulsa Police say they plan to enhance their crime-fighting by using Flock Safety Camera technology in real-time, to pivot cameras toward an area where a call has come into dispatch.

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin rolled out some numbers on Thursday showing the success of the technology in its first 6 weeks of use.

Altogether, Tulsa Police say they’ve trained 500 officers with the Flock Operating Software, which has allowed them to recover 28 stolen vehicles, 6 guns, totaling more than $400,000 in property and they’ve made 20 arrests. All were felony suspects.

Chief Franklin says the images from these cameras have been used to solve other criminal cases.

“Earlier this month, homicide detectives used Flock Safety images to identify a homicide suspect’s vehicle in one of the latest homicides,” Chief Franklin said.

Just last week, he says, robbery detectives used Flock Safety images to identify a vehicle and an accomplice in a carjacking, leading to the arrest of 2 people.

Chief Franklin says to those who are concerned about this technology gathering information, he says it pales in comparison to what the technology giants are gathering every day on your phone.

“I can’t tell you enough how this technology has been like we have operated in the dark,” Chief Franklin said, “And flipping this technology on is like flipping the light switch on and you’re able to see things around you that you were never able to see before.”

For Gonzalez, he likes the light this technology will shed on the area where he works.

“I feel like that’s a great idea. It will keep us safe here,” he says, “[It] makes us feel more protected.”

There’s one more thing that Chief Franklin says he hopes this technology will help - your wallet. He says he hopes that by recovering stolen vehicles and reducing the amount of time between a vehicle is stolen and when it is recovered, it will reduce the amount of money Oklahomans spend on automobile insurance.