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JPD to purchase "License Plate Readers"

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

We asked Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell about crime in Northeast Jackson.

"Non-violent crimes, without the use of weapons, they're up. That includes house and auto burglaries, so we've got to really get aggressive," he says.

Officers across the city will soon get a new weapon in reducing auto thefts. They won't even have to leave their cruisers.

An automatic license plate reader, or ALPR, uses information from the National Crime Information Center and other hotlists.

The officer with the ALPR in his car can drive along a row of vehicles, and the machine will take a picture of each license plate. It will alert the officer when it scans a license plate of a stolen car. It will also alert with stolen tag information, and traffic tickets and fines associated with the vehicle plate being captured. From there, the officer can apprehend suspects, impound vehicles, or take other action as necessary.

With cameras on the front, back, and both sides of the car, the ALPRs can also snap pictures of moving vehicles.

Jackson Police will get four of the machines. Councilman Whitwell says the readers will cost just over $54,000. "They have some grant money that allowed for this to happen. We've got one coming in to each precinct, hopefully we will find more grant money and be able to dedicate more resources to get some more," he says.

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