License plate readers meant to deter crime at U.S.A.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) - The University of South Alabama is using a new tool to help prevent crime on campus.  License plate reading cameras have been installed at six entrances to the school.  They've been there since January.

USA Police Chief Zeke Aull says during that time they've been quite effective at allowing police to monitor for people who may have been banned from the campus or are responsible for some type of criminal activity.

When driving onto the campus, a special camera records your vehicle and it's license plate number.  That shows up on monitors inside the police department dispatch center.  If a license plate number has been in the system by officers, it notifies dispatchers that the vehicle is on campus.

But, the University plans to roll out another use of the LPR system.  They'll begin allowing students to register their license plate numbers when registering for school, instead of being required to have the hanging tag on their rearview mirror as a parking permit.  LPR cameras installed in police cars will monitor parking lots.  Officers will be alerted if a vehicle is parked in the wrong zone or otherwise illegally parked.

The LPR system cost between $12,000 and $20,000.



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