Eyes In The Sky Help Crackdown On Retail Theft

Retail theft in Bensalem has increased significantly in 2023, almost double the number of cases reported in 2019. In response to this alarming trend, the Bensalem Secure business theft reduction initiative was established, and with it, the Bensalem Secure Theft Reduction Taskforce.

This taskforce is a collaborative effort among the Bensalem Police Department, the Mayor’s office, the Bensalem Economic Development Corporation, and the Bucks County District Attorney’s office. On Wednesday, January 31, 2024, they held their Bensalem Secure Summit to address this issue.

The Bensalem Police Department is utilizing its small drone fleet to achieve a clearance rate of 62%, which is far above the national average, as reported by 6ABC.

The drones have been able to arrive on the scene consistently within two minutes as the operator pans the camera to find someone matching the description of the suspect.

In one case, information about the theft of a bicycle, along with the suspect’s location, was passed along to the responding officer who made the arrest less than a mile away from the shop that was targeted.

Watch the full 6ABC report here.

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