HPD Says License Plate Technology Is Working

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It’s an alert call for car thieves as Honolulu Police Department (HPD) said that new license plate technology is helping them to find out stolen vehicles. HPD Lt. Dave Barnett said, “You can pick up the cars parked along the side and the ones coming at you, or if there’s another lane going it will read those.” HPD informed that they first told about license plate scanners last year when they were first being used by Honolulu police.

Lt. Barnett informed, “It helps greatly in a lot of different things, not just in recovering stolen vehicles, but also into investigations into looking for certain suspects in certain areas.” He further shared some statistics and said the scanners examined 1.66 million license plates that lead to six arrests. “ Out of that, there were 194 hits. That included 109 that were stolen vehicles. 71 were stolen plates and 15 wanted vehicles were found during that period.” Moreover, police also could find one missing person with the help of this technology. Though, it is used for good purpose, some see it as an invasion of privacy.

The American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement, “It is a core principle that the government does not invade people’s privacy, and collect information about citizens’ innocent activities just in case they do something wrong.

Commenting on this privacy invasion issue, Lt. Barnett said, “Like I said we read the plates that are on the roadway only. We don’t go into peoples driveways looking for plates or anything l… MORE

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