License plate readers help prevent assaults in Platja d'Aro

Axis cameras and Alphanet Security Systems’ management platform enables local police to transform Platja d'Aro into one of Spain’s most advanced in terms of citizen security

“The police work we perform on a daily basis, with the assistance of these cameras, has allowed us to be able to keep crime at bay in the town.” David Puertas, Castell-Platja d'Aro Chief of Police.


Platja d'Aro is a town located in the Costa Brava region, one of the major tourist and vacation home destinations in the province of Girona. In summertime, the population of the town increases by 119% but unfortunately brings on an increase in criminal activity carried out by organized gangs.


Alphanet Security Systems, a leader in providing citizen security systems and an Axis partner, was commissioned to implement a local security plan for several of the town’s key points of access as well as for the entrances and exits of various residential developments, based on the specific needs of each location. Axis network cameras were chosen for their reliability, durability and strong feature set.


Platja d'Aro has positioned itself as one of the pioneering communities in Spain with its investment in a complete, highly advanced video surveillance system consisting of license plate readers enabled by Axis technology. The system not only allows for timely intervention by security forces when an assault occurs, but it has also enabled the identification of vehicles suspected of criminal activity and the prevention of potential incidents. The result has been a significant reduction in the crime rate by 30-40% depending on the type of crime, in the town of Platja d'Aro alone, and it has created a greater sense of security and peace of mind for citizens.

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