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High-tech system helps deputies find stolen cars

High-tech system helps deputies find stolen cars

Posted - Sep. 7, 2010 at 8:52 a.m.



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OGDEN -- The Weber County Sheriff's Office is using new technology to find cars that are stolen or connected to other crimes. The Standard-Examiner reports one of the department's vehicles is equipped with a new license-plate scanning system.

The $20,000 system includes four cameras outside and two computers. The cameras scan a picture of the license plate on every vehicle that passes by. It then cross-checks the plate number with a database and alerts the deputy if the vehicle is connected to a reported stolen car, missing person, wanted person or a revoked or expired registration.

Deputies tell the paper the new system is quicker than manually entering the information. They also say the system has been successful in other jurisdictions.

In Weber County, deputies have had the new device for a couple of months. Already they have found two stolen cars with the assistance of the scanner. They also issue three to five citations a shift for other violations using the new device.

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