Auto Tracking For Neighborhood Surveillance

A local neighborhood has been plagued for years by a rash of vehicle "break-ins" where the perpetrators walk down the street and try the doors on vehicles, ransacking ones that are left unlocked. Generally no damage done and minor items taken but they're getting fed up with it and have inquired about a surveillance camera mounted on a lamp post.

The goal is to provide police decent footage to be able to identify and eventually apprehend those involved. The crimes are happening generally late night/early morning so there isn't anyone able to actively monitor a camera and manipulate a PTZ so smart/auto tracking has been suggested.

Reading the various articles here it doesn't sound like the technology is yet the magic bullet for a situation like this, so I was considering something like the Hikvision DS-2DP0818Z-D PanoVu which would give an area view, and the PTZ for smart tracking. Ideally the PTZ would only smart track during certain times so it wasn't burning itself out tracking normal daytime traffic, and/or possibly link the panoramic image to trigger the PTZ for certain zones. That way it could monitor neighbors' driveways for example, and if motion/line crossing/intrusion is detected after hours the PTZ will slew, pick up a subject, and smart track.

Can anyone recommend this unit for this application, or perhaps something else that might work better?

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