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City to install cameras that record license plate numbers


A western Michigan city plans to install a dozen cameras that will record license plate numbers.

The effort in Wyoming is aimed at solving and reducing violent crime, reported.

The 12 automatic license plate recognitio­n cameras will be installed within the next two months at six intersecti­ons. They’ll capture video as well as every license plate and the make, model and colors of vehicles that pass by them.

The locations of the cameras can be changed.

“Right now, we have about six or seven police officers on the street, and it’s difficult for us to be everywhere at every time,”

Wyoming Police Chief Kim Koster told the newspaper. “We need assistance. We need some technology to help us in that regard, and the license plate readers are something that we started to see utilized by other agencies.”

License plate numbers or descriptio­ns about vehicles involved in crimes can be entered into a system which will notify officers if and when vehicles matching the plates or descriptio­ns are detected passing through intersecti­ons equipped with the cameras, Koster said.

The system will primarily be used for investigat­ions into major crimes, including crimes against people, as well as aid in the search for stolen vehicles. The system won’t be used for traffic enforcemen­t.

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