License Plate Scanners
LAPD has recently tried to incorporate technology improvements for public
safety in the city of Northridge and Los Angeles, with a new license plate surveillance
camera that sits on top of their patrol cars.
With increased technology developments police officers are capable of relocating
drivers on the road rather than simply pulling them over the old-fashioned way.
LAPD has integrated license plate automated scanners that immediately monitors
and recognizes a driver’s plate number. The new license plate recognition is an
installed database that can also locate stolen vehicles and track wanted felons. It
recognizes different license plates’ that provide police officers to criminal background
records and identity verification.
The license plate monitoring system automatically captures an image of the
vehicles license plate and transforms the image into visible characters of database that
alert officers when a vehicle of interest has been spotted.
Suggested strategies to enhance technology and improve public safety include
placing surveillance cameras within high-crime areas. Security surveillance cameras that
protect private properties shows dispatch review video footages of criminal activities
prior to going to a residence.
In addition, High-crime neighborhoods are easily detected under the camera
surveillance systems and many law enforcement agencies can adopt automated license
plate recognition technologies to help gather further investigations.
License plate scanners use infrared cameras that immediately connect to the
technology’s software, which allows police to monitor in harsh weather conditions and
New software technology has reached a high development that includes new
smart phone apps, which provide police officers with information to gun registration
records, traffic accident reports as well as criminal records. The app shows LAPD the
specific location of an incident and allows NYPD officers to get surveillance images
from cameras in their area.