Lincolnshire police commissioner to spend £250,000 on number plate system

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A quarter of a million pounds will be spent upgrading number plate recognition software in Lincolnshire.

The county’s police and crime commissioner Alan Hardwick revealed plans to invest £250,000 in the force’s automatic number plate recognition system this week. The money will be spent upgrading the quality and coverage of the system.

He said: “I have always been committed to making policing in Lincolnshire as efficient and effective as possible. Making use of technology like this is an obvious way of doing that.

“Automatic number plate recognition has over recent years proved itself as an invaluable tool for keeping the people of Lincolnshire safe. It also means when a crime does take place, our officers have the best, most up to date crime fighting tools at their disposal.”

The system allows officers to read and instantly check a number plate against a database of vehicles of interest. The vehicle can then be stopped and checked for evidence. Where necessary, officers can make arrests.

It has proved useful in several ways, such as finding stolen vehicles, dealing with uninsured drivers, finding missing people and solving cases of serious and organised crime.