The ACLU’s conflicting positions are highlighted in the organization’s campaign against the use of license plate recognition (LPR) – a critical tool that has allowed law enforcement to solve thousands of crimes including murders, rapes and abductions.
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Tacoma police use license plate readers to recover stolen vehicles and see potential for the technology to help solve other crimes like shootings and to locate missing children reported through Amber Alerts.
A rape case is solved using LPR data 4 years after the date of the rape. This case provides a perfect example of how LPR data, commercially gathered and well-aged, can be extremely valuable in a major crimes investigation. Arbitrary data retention policies legislate away the value of LPR to help solve cases like this.
License plate readers in Oregon lead to arrest of a fugitive with warrants for robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle and contempt of court.
Find out why the national discussion has shifted away from hard-line restrictions on LPR and toward a balanced approach which focuses on access controls and best practices in database security to ensure the protection of stored LPR data.
License Plate Readers help to solve crimes in California. A stolen car was recovered in Novato with the help of license plate readers installed on patrol cars.
LPR helps to nab alleged road rage shooter accused of shooting at a car carrying two women and an infant in Philadelphia. Had these LPR records been deleted within 48 hours or less the shooter might still be on the road putting others in harms way.
Maryland’s new law touted as a model piece of legislation elsewhere in the country as it preserves the many benefits of license plate reader technology and data, while also seeking to advance protections on driver privacy.
Over 60% of those that participated in the Zogby Analytics poll in California poll believed that license plates are intended for public display and people should be able to photograph them unrestricted. The poll expressed support for the use of LPR technology for law enforcement by a 6:1 margin.
License Plate Reader technology proved its usefulness by helping to track down a shooter who terrorized the highways of Kansas City. Had the LPR data not been saved, the shooter might still be on the loose. Laws that attempt to limit LPR data storage put citizens at harm.