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License plate readers: Extra 'eyes' aid police

4 years 4 months 2 weeks ago February 03, 2013 Feb 3, 2013 Sunday, February 03 2013 February 03, 2013 3:19 PM in News
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - State and local law enforcement officials said they are increasingly turning to automatic license plate readers to find stolen vehicles and track the movements of criminal suspects.

Authorities tell The Advocate that the technology, often provided by state and federal grants, has helped solve crimes and share information across agencies.

The cameras photograph thousands of vehicles a day. Organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union want to know how law enforcement is using the images.

Agencies across the Baton Rouge area have readers on patrol vehicles. State police have stationary cameras in strategic locations across the state.

Capt. Doug Cain, a state police spokesman, says they have identified vehicles police knew were involved in bank robberies, letting officers set up and make an arrest.

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