AUTOMATIC Number Plate Recognition in Staffordshire is proving successful in enabling officers to track criminals and prevent and detect crime, Staffordshire Police say.
In the last four months bosses say the system, which includes 42 cameras at hotspot locations, has helped to find and arrest two people suspected of child exploitation, recover £3,500 following a cash-in-transit robbery, find four stolen vehicles and help officers arrest 15 people for shoplifting, fuel theft and drugs offences.
ANPR also plays a role in Cars Behind Bars, a crackdown on uninsured drivers in Staffordshire, which was instigated by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis. More than 700 vehicles have been seized and many scrapped in less than four months.
Mr Ellis said: “It seems that the message is well and truly hitting home with the number of insured motorists rising.”