LiveView Technologies (LVT), a provider of intelligent safety and security ecosystems, today announced it is collaborating with the police department, local government, and retailers in Paducah, Kentucky and Opelika, Alabama. The collaboration launches the Alliance of Companies and Communities to Enhance Safety and Security (ACCESS) Taskforce with the mission to improve community safety and reduce organized retail crime one city at a time.
Organized retail crime is on the rise and expected to escalate during the holiday season. LVT’s ACCESS Taskforce is a collaboration that creates seamless communication and safety orchestration efforts between municipalities, law enforcement, and retailers such as Dollar General, The Home Depot, JCPenney, Lowe’s, Walgreens, and Walmart so customers may have positive shopping experiences. By deploying LVT’s mobile surveillance units and software capabilities, the cities of Paducah and Opelika will be capable of deterring and detecting behavior commonly associated with shoplifting and other crime.
“Paducah is a regional shopping hub with numerous national and local retailers,” said Paducah Police Chief Brian Laird. “We are constantly working to improve the quality of life and decrease crime in Paducah. We believe that deploying LVT’s security units in partnership with local retailers will improve our ability to diminish crime and care for not only our citizens, but also visitors to Paducah.”
“The influx of shoppers ahead of the holiday season creates additional complexities at brick and mortar locations,” added Opelika Chief of Police Shane Healey. “In an effort to best serve the friends and families that make up the heart of Opelika, we are excited to partner with LVT and our valued local retailers to streamline response efforts and bolster community safety.”
LVT’s combination of hardware and software provides its retail customers with access to real-time data to quickly deter crime. The creation of the ACCESS Taskforce, which includes an investment of over $3 million and the production of 100 mobile surveillance units, is the next step forward in LVT’s commitment to ensure community safety. LVT says that retailers who utilize its technology have seen up to a 69 percent reduction in organized retail crime.
“We created our ACCESS Taskforce with communities in mind,” said Ryan Porter, founder and CEO of LVT. “LVT’s integrated security solutions utilize multiple technologies to proactively prevent crime so cities like Paducah and Opelika can stop threats before they happen. We are excited to help do our part in making these communities safer.”