In a single shift, an officer can manually check 50-100 number plates. During the same shift, an ANPR system can check 5,000 plates or more. Not surprisingly, police are the most enthusiastic adopters of ANPR technology. ANPR 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 ANPR systems and in six months they identified 929 lost or stolen number plates, recovered 275 stolen vehicles, and made 50 arrests. Without ANPR, a stolen vehicle has to be found by chance, or the thief has to do something that arouses an officer’s suspicion. With ANPR, the stolen vehicle only has to pass a police cruiser or an intersection installed with ANPR 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.