1st Aug 2006
Pips Technology has been working with Cleveland Police to help fight crime around the force area, using the latest in ANPR technology.
Fifty of PIPS' award-winning Spike cameras have been ringed around Middlesbrough, Stockton and Hartlepool and other areas within Redcar and Cleveland. The sophisticated ANPR cameras have been
strategically positioned on routes leading into the town centres and are linked into the local authority CCTV networks. It is the first time this kind of system has been introduced in the North East, and the first time in the UK that such a system can operate throughout a police force area.
Cleveland's Assistant Chief Constable Derek Bonnard said: "We want to deny criminals the use of our roads and this system will help do just that. Intelligence is continually updated and fed into the computer providing details of vehicles that have been stolen and vehicles used by drug dealers and thieves. They are the only people to have anything to fear from this system. The general public will welcome the crime reduction impact of this new system"
Spike is a combination of colour and infrared digital CCTV cameras, a computer, mobile phone and digital video recorder, integrated into a single compact and cost-effective unit. Spike is capable of checking up to 3000 number plates per hour of vehicles travelling at speeds in excess of 100mph.
Results from the number plate match are cross-checked in real time against chosen databases. If a suspect vehicle is flagged up by the system it immediately sends an alert to the police headquarters control room. Officers can then call on CCTV operators to continuously monitor that vehicle as it travels through the streets - and directly intercept cars to stop the driver.
Paul Negus, Managing Director of PIPS, commented, "through our expert knowledge of ANPR, we are able to offer an exceptional service tailored to the individual needs of each client, which has been clearly demonstrated through our collaboration with Cleveland Police."
Recent successes by the ANPR include:
> On the A19 at Maltby a Subaru Impreza containing three men was stopped. The car was transporting Class A drugs from Middlesbrough to West Yorkshire. Around £10,000 of Cocaine and £7,000 in cash was found in the vehicle.
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