License plate readers

Suwanee police are familiar with the InTown Suites off of Celebration Drive, it's an extended-stay that's seen its share of crime. 

“When we have criminal activity here it causes disturbances for the people that are here working or visiting or events that we have in the area,” said Suwanee Police Captain Shane Edmisten.

The property had a name change in the past few years but the problems haven't gone away. When it was the Sun Suites, there was a SWAT standoff in 2014. Police have been back several times since then.

“Any time you have people consecrated in an area, you’re going to have some kind of criminal activity no matter where you’re at,” Edmisten said.

Management with InTown Suites is trying to weed out the trouble by installing automatic license plate readers. The tag readers are now at 10 of their properties.

“Its something that we just recently started doing but it has really good results,” said Jeff Robinson, Vice President of Information Technology for Intown Suites. “The cities and the police departments are really excited about it.”

“They recognize the license plate of every vehicle that drives by day or night,” said Josh Thomas with Flock Safety, the company behind the tag readers.

Police are then able to run the plate numbers for infractions, catching everything from people with warrants to violent criminals.

“If there is a stolen car that drives by the property, we can actually send a hot notification directly to local police officers,” Thomas explained.

InTown suites has plans to put tag readers at all of its new locations.

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