February 11, 2013

Police in Athens credit new technology for arrests

Associated Press

ATHENS — Police in the Athens area say new automated license plate readers have led to several felony arrests and helped solve a bank robbery since officers began using the new technology last summer.

Trunk-mounted cameras on Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer Geoff Walsh’s patrol car are capable of taking as many as 5,000 photos per hour. The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/Y5NwUx) that the system scans vehicle tags and compares them to a database of cars that are unregistered, uninsured or reported stolen.

Athens-Clarke Assistant Police Chief Carter Greene said four cars are currently outfitted with automatic license plate readers.