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Old 04-28-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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License plate scanners?

My friend got pulled over the other day for driving is brothers car. When his brother is suspended. Apparently police vehicles are fitted with license plate readers that automatically scan your plates and pulls up your record?
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i was working on hwy 1 last summer, and there was a car pulled to the side, had its hazard lights on, went up to ask it if we could get it outta the way cause we needed to work where he was sitting. turns out it was a cop with a licence plate scanner. it scanned every car on the hwy that drove past him, and he had cops waiting at the next exit. if a plate came up, he would radio it to the cops waiting at the exit saying "blue Toyota corolla, middle lane plate *** ***".

was quite impressed when I saw that little machine work lol.
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It scans a crazy amount of cars per minute too.
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ALPR...checks the database and all sorts of tinteresting things can pop up....stolen vehicles, wrong plates, expired insurance, driver/owner "person of interest", owner "associated to" etc. Cops can come up with the same info manually but this is way quicker and scans a huge number instantly. Not all cars...only a few Traffic cars that I know of. Very expensive camera/computer system.

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Is there any way to prevent it?
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Is there any way to prevent it?
It's probably good technology. Anything to hide?

I wonder if they can scan non-BC plates.
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Old days: cops sit beside the road with binoculars, read plate, write down number, radio it in, dispatcher looks up plate, radios back with info.

Today: camera snaps plate, parses numbers, looks up plate in database, spits info back on screen.

Either way, there's no difference to your "rights"; there's no "privacy" when you're out in public. The only thing that's changed is that the whole process is a lot faster and more efficient.
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[QUOTE=Soundy;8224091]Old days: cops sit beside the road with binoculars, read plate, write down number, radio it in, dispatcher looks up plate, radios back with info.

Today: camera snaps plate, parses numbers, looks up plate in database, spits info back on screen.


"parses numbers"...egads my good man what melliflous erudition! Pip Pip old bean!
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can they read paper plates?
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i think we were taught that in like grade 1 ^
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The video is 6 years old, imagine what it is like now
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I went out a couple of times with the plate reader and watched for plates that it couldn't read. It read everything! There is a lot to the system, not just a simple camera. This unit had three cameras and read everything beside and in front of us.
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new technology now instagrams and facebooks a picture tagging you in it.

for known criminals, will even live twitter stating the cops are now following you #busted

actually no clue, but your right, the license plate scanner has been around for years.

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If all they're checking for is stolen cars/outdated insurance, I could care less...
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