Friday, March 25, 2005

Road spy cameras will track criminals (and you too!)

(Coming soon to the U.K. and a traffic lamp mounted camera near you as well.)

A new national network of mobile cameras is to track criminals on the roads.

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras - linked to an extensive database - will pinpoint vehicles police want to trace.

The system led to a dramatic increase in arrests when it was tested by 23 forces between June 2003 and June last year, police say.

The cameras, mounted in vans, scan number plates and check them against a police database containing more than 8.5 million registrations.

It takes less than a second, allowing police at checkpoints to stop "wanted" vehicles immediately and question the occupants.

(Stop 'em, question 'em, charge 'em, get 'em into the system, tax 'em, fee 'em, spit 'em out, then drug 'em, scoop 'em back up again and chew on 'em some more! A real YUM-YUM of a system!)

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