Schenectady Gets Mobile License Plate Scanners
Last Update: 4/19/2006 3:01:45 PM
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The main purpose of the mobile license plate hunter is to track down stolen vehicles and scofflaws, but it could be used to crack much more serious cases down the road.
The mobile license plate hunter is a state-of-the art tool Schenectady Police believe can have a big impact on what they do on the street.
Lt. Jim Sanders/Commander, Schenectady Police Traffic Division: “Personally I've recovered two stolen vehicles and one wanted person that was in that stolen vehicle.”
Chief Michael Geraci/Schenectady Police: “We're doing whatever we can to improve the quality of life in the city of Schenectady. This is a big part of it.”
The idea behind the system is that a camera on the driver's side can scan passing cars, while one on the passenger side can scan parked cars.
It can take 450 images a minute and the average officer can use the system to read between 5-hundred and 15-hundred plates an hour while on patrol.
During our ride along with police, it was only a matter of minutes before they hit on a minivan with three outstanding parking tickets of almost $200.
Lt. Pete Frisoni/Schenectady Police: “Our parking attendants will come up here with a town truck and tow it. It gets impounded until the person pays the tickets they owe.”
In this case, that didn't happen. The person was able to get the cash and pay the traffic enforcement officer on the spot.
In just a few weeks, the system has helped the city recover 15-thousand dollars in delinquent fines...about a third of the 40-thousand dollar bill for two systems...a good start toward them paying for themselves.
The system can also help find people with outstanding warrants, or more importantly, terror suspects.
New York State Police use a similar system for highway patrol, but so far, Schenectady is the only local Capital Region department to put them into use.