BEACHWOOD, Ohio — Beachwood is taking their surveillance measures to the next level.
Police Chief Kate McLaughlin announced Friday there are now 31 license plate readers installed throughout the city with two mobile units in patrol vehicles.
The city says the license plate readers use high-speed cameras to capture the plates of passing vehicles while recording the location, date and time.
“If the information matches that of a vehicle recorded in a ‘hot list’ it will alert law enforcement,” according to a press release from Beachwood. “That information can be used to assist to stop crimes in progress, locate missing and/or endangered persons, as well as provide investigative leads for crimes that have already occurred.”
The city also says it’s technology that “has been widely adopted among law enforcement departments and retail businesses nationwide to help apprehend suspects.”
“This technology will better align our law enforcement work with what’s happening nationwide, and it will offer greater protection to our residents and visitors,” says Mayor Justin Berns.
Additional license plate readers are on order and expected in the city this fall.
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