The Evansville Police Department has announced that over fifty license plate readers have been installed throughout the city.

You may have heard about cameras attached to stop lights and such in cities all throughout the country. Most of these are an effort to issue citations for traffic violations. However, that won't be the case with the new automatic license plate readers that have been installed throughout the city of Evansville.

Automatic License Plate Readers in Evansville

According to the Evansville Police Department, these cameras are stationary at specific locations throughout the city.  The cameras were purchased through Flock Safety, and are able to take still images of vehicles and license plates that pass the camera. There have been 55 cameras placed throughout the city. As previously mentioned, these cameras are not designed to record people running red lights or speeding.

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What are These Cameras For?

In a recent post on Facebook from the Evansville Police Department, the intent behind these cameras was explained:

<div class="cxmmr5t8 oygrvhab hcukyx3x c1et5uql o9v6fnle ii04i59q"><div dir="auto">These cameras do not take video recordings or record speed. The intent behind them for the Evansville Police Department is to be able to capture images of vehicles that have been in the area of shots fired investigations, help locate missing persons, locate stolen vehicles and other serious incidents where a vehicle may be in use. In the short span that we have utilized them they have aided in the capture of Casey White &amp; Vicky White who led the nation on a manhunt after escaping an Alabama jail earlier this year. They have helped locate numerous stolen vehicles and mostly recently were able to identify a vehicle's details aiding in the investigation of a kidnapping case.</div><div dir="auto"> </div></div><div class="cxmmr5t8 oygrvhab hcukyx3x c1et5uql o9v6fnle ii04i59q"><div dir="auto">The location of these ALPRs will not be provided outside of law enforcement, due to the fear of vandalism and for criminals choosing to take alternative routes knowing where these are located. These cameras have already proved being beneficial to our city and will hopefully aid in a decrease in the overall crime rate locally.</div></div>
Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs)
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So if you happen to see these cameras around Evansville, now you know what they are for!

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