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Published on September 10th, 2015 |

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APD partners with Lenox, Phipps malls to improve shopper safety

The Atlanta Police Department, Simon and the Atlanta Police Foundation are partnering to increase shopping safety at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza malls, including having 235 cameras at these locations integrated into the city’s sophisticated video monitoring center known as the VIC.

Atlanta Police Chief George  Turner

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner

“The Atlanta Police Department’s partnership with Simon will boost proactive crime fighting efforts in Buckhead,” said Atlanta Police Chief George Turner. “The additional cameras will help our officers to do more than just monitor crime but will also aid in capturing video evidence to help solve crimes faster.”

More than 5,600 public and private-sector cameras are connected to the Loudermilk Operation Shield Video Integration Center in downtown Atlanta, which was largely funded by Atlanta civic and business leader Charlie Loudermilk..

Robin Suggs, Lenox Square mall general manager.Since 2007, the APD and the Atlanta Police Foundation have partnered with organizations including the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta Public Schools and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to improve public safety through camera integration.

In the next two years, the goal is to integrate 10,000 cameras into the Video Integration Center throughout the city.

“Simon works diligently with local law enforcement to coordinate focused efforts around our security program,” said Robin Suggs, general manager for Lenox Square. “Thanks to our collaborative relationship with the Atlanta Police Department, we now have enhanced safety and security around our properties with the Operation Shield initiative,” she added.

Simon has always been committed to providing a safe, quality-shopping environment and welcomes the opportunity to provide the entire community with heightened measures through the Operation Shield program,” Suggs stated.

The Operation Shield program was created in 2007 through a partnership with the Atlanta Police Foundation, Atlanta Police Department, and business community to improve crime prevention, emergency response and public safety communication procedures through technology.

In addition to video and radio capabilities, the center includes an emergency text alert feature platform for private security partners to receive real-time alerts and notifications from emergency dispatchers and the Atlanta Police Department.

“Cameras such as these are increasingly responsible for arrests that otherwise wouldn’t be made,” said Dist. 7 Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook. “I applaud Simon for their civic-mindedness and hope others follow suit.”

The Atlanta Police Foundation leads the Operation Shield initiative. For more information on how to get involved or integrate cameras, contact the Atlanta Police Foundation’s Programs Manager Marlon Trone at mtrone@atlantapolicefoundation.org

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