Automation NOT Tracking
ALPR stands for Automated License Plate Recognition. ALPR simply automates manual processes – in this case, license plate rate. ALPR enables the automation of widely used, but time consuming and inefficient manual processes. License plate readers photograph license plates in public spaces and in plain view and ONLY record the date, time and location where the photograph was taken.
LPR Solves Crimes Every Day
LPR helps law enforcement solve crimes every day. The use of LPR is under attack – an attack that could cripple the ability of law enforcement to do their jobs and jeopardize the safety of officers and the public.
License plate readers on patrol cars, tow trucks, highway overpasses, airports, and other locations capture license plate photos of passing cars. The data is stored with a date, time and location stamp and is compared against a database of vehicles of interest in criminal investigations including murder, child molestation, terrorism, missing persons and more. This historical license plate data is immensely valueable to law enforcement investigators.
Protect ALPR – It Protects Us
Some states are considering new laws to restrict LPR use that would diminish or take away life-saving and crime-solving tools from law enforcement. LPR is a constitutionally protected activity – taking pictures of things in plain view. Existing laws already protect license plate data. Access restrictions and usage monitoring mean that those who misuse the data are caught and penalized. To prevent misuse and stalking, LPR data captured by law enforcement should be protected data not subject to public records requests.
Critical Data – Past and Present
Real-time LPR – Gives law enforcement immediate alerts to help find KNOWN wanted persons or vehicles on existing “hot lists”.
Historical LPR data – Allows discovery of historical images of license plates to assist in the investigations of major crimes.
Privacy protected – Permissible purpose required; system audited; improper access leads to cutoff and penalties.
If you or your family were the victim of a crime, this “historical” data could be the very data law enforcement needs to help you.
Crimes Solved Faster
Over 87% of agencies reported that LPR assisted in solving Part 1 Major Crimes. (NetChoice Law Enforcement Survey) Because over 70% of all crimes involve a vehicle, data from license plate readers solve crimes every day.
Law enforcement LPR uses – Amber Alert, stolen vehicle, murder, rape, child sexual exploitation, and more.
Commerical Use Prevents Fraud
More assets recovered, more fraud prevented
Commercial LPR uses include lender asset recovery, insurance fraud investigations, commercial real estate development, traffic research.
Millions of investigations supported in thousands of agencies nationwide.
THE CASE: In Grand Rapids, law enforcement investigating a robbery of an elderly woman identify a partial license plate number of a vehicle involved in the crime. Based upon this information, a query of the ALPR system was performed and a suspect vehicle and suspect were identified. The suspect fled the state but was ultimately arrested numerous states away after robbing an elderly couple. He was still driving the suspect vehicle. Further investigation revealed that same suspect was identified as a suspect in a homicide that occurred several months earlier. A query of historical ALPR revealed that the same suspect vehicle was being operated in Grand Rapids on the date of the homicide.
THE CASE: 15-year-old girl missing after last being seen getting into a vehicle to get a ride from Monroe, NY, to her uncle’s home in Boston. LPR data led to the successful location of the girl and helped to bring her to safety, and the conviction of her abductor for sex crimes.
THE CASE: In California, law enforcement was called to the scene of a murder where the body of a female college student was bound and stuffed in a closet. Detectives spoke with the victim’s boyfriend who denied seeing the victim the day she disappeared. Detectives used ALPR to show that his car was parked in front of her apartment the day she was murdered. This was compelling evidence to confront the boyfriend. He ultimately confessed to the murder.
THE CASE: Mother reported her daughter missing, unable to reach her for over a week. Detectives used ALPR data to identify the daughter’s vehicle on three occasions in the prior week at an apartment complex. Working with property management, the detectives located the daughter, who was close to death.