License readers aid Metro police
Metro Transit Police are using license plate readers mounted on police vehicles to identify stolen vehicles, car thieves and other suspected or wanted criminals, according to a statement from the agency.
Metro police have eight of the car readers in the force now, which "are helping to reduce crime in Metro parking facilities," Metro said. Officers have used them to verify vehicle registrations, help locate chop shops, and track crime trends, officials said. The reader system processes license plate numbers through local and national databases, and officers can use it to verify vehicle registrations.
Metro acquired the readers in 2009 as part of a grant from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the statement said.
-- Ann Scott Tyson
| August 30, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
Categories: Ann Scott Tyson, Maryland, Metro, Northern Virginia
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