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Police partnering more with license plate readers

Mobile camera systems fight vehicle theft and identify unregistered cars


By Trevor Hughes
USA Today

A growing number of police departments are turning to mobile camera systems to fight motor vehicle theft and identify unregistered cars.

The cameras read license plates of parked and moving cars -- hundreds per minute -- and check them against vehicle databases, said Lance Clem, a spokesman for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which purchased several systems for its police vehicles last fall.

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