We Need To Catch A License Plate At Dusk

Good morning,

I work in the City of Greenfield IT department. In the central East portion of Indiana and central West portion of Ohio the cemeteries have been getting robbed of urns. These urns can be collectable and often carry large amounts of bronze. Hundreds are missing across several small town cemeteries. We have installed several cameras in attempts to grab a full license plate or clear facial image of the thieves. With no luck so far.

Currently we installed another camera and tested it last night at dusk.The images were not useful at all. We had an issue with auto focus following night bugs and the headlights washing out the image.

The main camera is a Axis Q6045 with the following changes from default (changed as of this morning).

Auto Focus - Off

Wide Dynamic Range - Off

Allow Slow Shutter - Unchecked

Enable Highlight compensation - Checked

Day Night shift priority - Night

Noise reduction - Off

We also have a P3367 at ground level but oblique to the vehicles. I do not see where I can lock the focus on that camera. The daytime picture is quite good but night is terrible. The following settings have been changed from default.

Day/night shift level - Night

What else can we do? This has become a priority for our PD detectives as the majority of our urns are now missing and the only license plate we have ever captured was partial and came back as no vehicle of the type we recorded had a plate within that number range, it was stolen.

We need a clear picture at the difficult time of dawn or dusk when the thieves strike.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Dave

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