A growing number of police departments are turning to mobile camera systems to fight motor vehicle theft and identify unregistered cars, reports USA Today. The cameras read license plates of parked and moving cars – hundreds per minute – and check them against vehicle databases. Departments in Denver and Colorado Springs, South Portland, Maine; Gwinnett, Douglas and Cherokee counties in Georgia; and Clinton, Conn., are planning to deploy or have already added License Plate Recognition (LPR) systems this year, officials from those agencies said.
Also, about 40 law enforcement agencies in the Washington, D.C., metro area are deploying LPRs this year, according to Nate Maloney, a spokesman for their supplier, ELSAG of Brewster, N.Y. The district has had them since 2005, he said. Newark, Albany County, N.Y., and Ann Arbor, Mich., added them in 2009 using federal stimulus funds, according to recovery.gov.