Neighborhood uses high tech to fight back against crime

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Every car from its color to its tag gets photographed, saved, and sent to a database that Ron Carlson and other homeowners in the Stockett Creek community can look up if there’s ever a crime.

“If there was an incident, we can open it up for a homeowner,” said Ron Carlson, a volunteer with the Stockett Creek Homeowner’s Association. “We can open it up for police.”

“It reads the license plate 24 hours a day, daytime or night time.”

The neighborhood recently purchased a solar-powered camera with a built-in license plate reader.

It was installed in October, a few months after a neighbor’s home was broken into.

“It was a house break-in,” Carlson said. “Typical, someone going around the side of the house, jamming a patio door.”

It’s a crime Carlson says that’s rare for the neighborhood but can still happen, so they got prepared. 

“It’s all there for prevention and trying to find and solve crimes,” he said.

Members of the HOA can go through cars by date.

The system knows how many days each vehicle has been there and if there are any serious violations associated with it.

“If there was a vehicle that came in that had a warrant or some other item of concern, Williamson County Sheriff’s Department would be notified,” Carlson said.

It’s a small piece of technology some neighbors say is well worth the peace of mind it provides.

“Knowing that we have the videography that we need, I feel much safer,” said neighbor, Jessica Needham. “I’m happy about it.”

The pictures are stored and kept in the database for 30 days.

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