Through donations and grants, the Evansville Police Department now has 55 Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPRs) placed within the city. These are stationary cameras at specific locations. The cameras were purchased through Flock Safety, and are able to take still images of vehicles and license plates that pass the camera. Statistically, Flock reports a 70% decrease in overall crime reduction after a period of time utilizing the cameras. These cameras are in use in over 2,000 cities across 40 states, and the company works with thousands of law enforcement agencies.
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 & 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.
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.