Port’s new cameras catch vehicle stolen from Michigan

By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Port Washington’s new Flock cameras have already proven their worth, officials said.

On Easter Sunday, the camera system alerted Port police to a stolen vehicle that entered the city. Police tracked the car to R-Store, a gas station on Wisconsin Street near the north end of the city, Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said.

The car had been reported stolen in Michigan.

Officers apprehended two people, a man and a woman who are from outside the area, he said.

Police have asked the district attorney’s office to charge the couple with operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, possession of methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation and parole warrant, police said.

“It was a good find,” Hingiss said.

Three Flock cameras were installed around the city “very recently,” Hingiss said.

The cameras record descriptions of vehicles entering the city, including the model, color and license plate numbers, and alerts police if the vehicle or plates have been stolen.

It also alerts police to vehicles associated with Amber and Silver alerts.

The information is stored for 30 days, then erased unless it is needed for a case, officials said.

“They’re a good tool to keep people safe,” Hingiss said. “They’ve proven themselves in other communities.”

The police department is leasing the cameras using funds from the Port Washington Lions Club and the Port-Saukville Rotary Club.

It costs $2,500 annually to lease each camera.

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