License plate-reading cameras find stolen vehicles automatically in IN

| 7/21/2006

Police in the Indianapolis suburb of Lawrence, IN, have a new weapon in the fight against vehicle theft.

According to The Associated Press, Lawrence police are using a dual-camera system that actively scans vehicle license plates. That information is then cross-referenced with a national database of stolen vehicles. The entire process is completed in just a few seconds.

The system – which cost $25,000 to install in the city’s police cruisers – helped in the recovery of 21 stolen vehicles in the cameras’ first seven weeks on the job, The AP reported.