In a single shift, an officer can manually check 50-100 license plates. During the same shift, an ALPR system can check 5,000 plates or more. Not surprisingly, police are the most enthusiastic adopters of ALPR technology. ALPR technology is a force multiplier for law enforcement and has been put to many uses by agencies worldwide.
One of our law enforcement customers installed four ALPR systems and in six months they identified 929 lost or stolen license plates, recovered 275 stolen vehicles, and made 50 arrests. Without ALPR, a stolen vehicle has to be found by chance, or the thief has to do something that arouses an officer’s suspicion. With ALPR, the stolen vehicle only has to pass a police cruiser or an intersection installed with ALPR cameras; if the plate number is in the database, the system will let the officer or the system operator know. The system will also inform the officer if the driver is known to be armed and dangerous, so the officer can choose to pursue discreetly rather than pull the suspect over immediately.