Anna, TX

North Texas Police Using License Plate Readers to find Suspects.

Hunt County Theft Reports

The Anna Police Department has successfully captured an individual who was allegedly involved in a string of car burglaries. Utilizing their advanced Flock Safety License Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras, the police were able to not only identify the suspect but also locate their vehicle precisely.
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On September 12, 2023, the Anna police department received several reports of car thefts in various residential areas. After conducting an inquiry, they managed to obtain the license plate number connected to the vehicle used by the alleged culprits. According to Flock Safety, a suspect was successfully identified and apprehended by Anna police officers. Additionally, stolen items were also recovered during this operation.

The officers entered the information of the car into their LPR system from Flock Safety, which notified them that it was in close proximity. They were able to find the car and conducted a traffic stop, leading to the arrest of the suspect who is facing various charges such as burglary and having a stolen firearm. The suspect was apprehended for separate charges related to an outstanding warrant for aggravated robbery.

North Texas municipalities have recently devised strategies to implement license plate recognition (LPR) cameras. In an effort to enhance safety and optimize law enforcement operations, Prosper Police has unveiled their intention to deploy a total of forty-eight Flock cameras across the entire township.

On May 22, 2023, the Plano City Council gave its approval for the acquisition of 40 L5Q and 10 L6Q deployable LPR cameras manufactured by Motorola. These new camera systems will be installed on poles strategically placed along roadways and parking lots that have been identified as hot spots for criminal activities.

For quite some time now, the Plano police have been successfully utilizing mobile LPR systems mounted on their vehicles since 2009. However, they discovered certain limitations with these mobile systems. The data captures are restricted to areas where larger emergency response vehicles can access, and if the target vehicles change direction during pursuit, apprehending them becomes challenging. The introduction of pole-mounted camera systems aims to address these issues effectively.

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