The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will now have a tool in the fight against grand theft auto. A camera mounted on some OPP cruisers automatically scans license plates. If a tag comes up from a stolen vehicle police know it quickly.
The scanned plates are sent to a police and Ministry of Transportation database. Those license plates that are on a 'hotlist' give officers an alert reports 680 News.
There are currently 5 to 7 million plates in Ontario that are in poor standing. Soon the OPP will have information for all plates throughout Canada.
The OPP reports:
"With our new ALPR equipped vehicles, we can scan thousands of plates per
day and more easily target stolen vehicles, and millions of plates suspected
of being in poor standing. This sends an important message to drivers who are
in violation of Criminal Code and Highway Traffic Act laws that they will now
be significantly more visible and vulnerable to being identified by our
officers." - C/Supt. Bill Grodzinski, Divisional Commander, Highway Safety
The new system Automated Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) is capable of scanning about 7,000 plates an hour. It was developed in the United Kingdom. The first models in Ontario were used by the 407 Toll Highway and Canadian Border Security Services.