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November 13, 2006
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Long Beach Police Department and PIPS Technology

Mobile Liscense Plate Recognition System

Following an extensive evaluation process, Long Beach Police Department acquired four (4) PIPS’ mobile automated license plate recognition (ALPR) systems in December 2005. Despite other crime rates decreasing in Long Beach, auto theft rates have been on the rise for the past three years. The ALPR systems were acquired primarily to combat this trend. The first six months have produced amazing results.

  • 1.4 million plates read
  • 929 lost or stolen plates identified
  • 275 vehicle recoveries
  • 50 arrests
“The ALPR system does not discriminate,” states Sergeant Chris Morgan. “It almost eliminates any problems with profiling. The camera doesn’t distinguish the color of a driver’s skin or the condition of the car.”

Stolen Vehicles

An LBPD officer received a stolen vehicle alert from the ALPR system. The Night Auto Theft Detail set up surveillance on the stolen vehicle until the suspects arrived. An arrest was made and five high value cars were recovered.

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Drug and Identity Theft

A stolen vehicle alert notified an LBPD officer that the suspect traveling in the vehicle should be considered armed and dangerous. Surveillance was established on the vehicle, the suspect was followed to an apartment where an arrest was made. Large amounts of methamphetamine, marijuana, and identity theft profiles were recovered.


An off-duty officer was the victim of a carjacking with limited information on suspects. After the ALPR system identified another stolen vehicle, surveillance led the LBPD Career Criminal Apprehension Team to identify the suspect as the perpetrator of the carjacking. An arrest was made.

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