You Can Steal It, But How Long Can You Drive It?

car.gifThe March issue of Wired features an article about the LAPD’s new high-speed plate-reading network which is being used to corral stolen vehicles. According to Wired, four two-person teams are testing digital license plate recognition setups for the LAPD and the results are astounding. Patrol officers typically receive an award for catching six car thieves in one year, but the automated system found 17 cars resulting in six arrests in just the first few days of testing. Pretty awesome results. I wonder, though, given that the automated system only tells you if it’s a stolen plate and not if the model matches the record, how long it will take for serious car-nabbery enthusiasts to just start carrying around one set of valid plates to put on whatever ride they’ve found for the night.

2 Replies to “You Can Steal It, But How Long Can You Drive It?”

  1. I think most savvy criminal are already doing just that, but its still impressive. I imagine this will also be used to pull over people perhaps with outstanding parking tickets, or other governmental grievances (nab people who owe taxes or child support, etc).

  2. I imagine this will also be used to pull over people perhaps with outstanding parking tickets, or other governmental grievances (nab people who owe taxes or child support, etc).

    I think Wired mentions in passing something about it also being used to ID plates with outstanding warrants.

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