ISP License Plate Readers Already Proven Effective In Catching Suspects In Carjackings, Expressway Shootings – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — For many years we’ve been informing you about taken automobiles in Chicago and expressway shootings. Now Illinois State Cops have a brand-new tool to capture the bad people and they state it’s currently working.

More eyes are on motorists, and more particularly, their automobiles, as CBS 2’s Meredith Barack reported from the Dan Ryan.

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99 automated license plate readers now line the Dan Ryan — taking images of each and every license plate that passes.

State Cops state one factor this expressway was the very first one selected is due to the fact that of the high variety of shootings that occur here.

“As vehicles travel on the interstate, the cameras take a high-definition quality photo of the registration affixed to the vehicle,” stated Significant Matthew Gainer.

That details then goes through a list of taken and desired automobiles.

If among those automobiles is identified, an alert is then sent out to police, informing them to where that lorry is taking a trip.

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“So the program really helps us in different ways, one it provides immediate information to our division of patrol who can respond in real-time to an incident where a stolen vehicle is traveling down the interstate. Whether that vehicle was stolen via carjacking or other means,” Gainer stated.

The automated license plate readers, or ALPR’s, have actually currently shown reliable in recording suspects associated with expressway shootings and carjackings.

That consists of 3 juveniles who were nabbed on Jan. 13, after an ISP Cannon fodder looked out to the taken lorry they remained in. The vehicle had actually been taken in a carjacking the day previously.

On Jan 14, an ISP cannon fodder looked out about a taken vehicle desired for an expressway shooting on the 11th. That suspect was nabbed, and 2 weapons were recuperated from the vehicle.

The information from the ALPR’s will likewise be utilized to locate victims and witnesses.

“It’s already been a game-changer. It’s given us an opportunity that municipal opportunities sometimes have over the state police because we don’t have people sitting on their front porch, we don’t have ring doorbell cameras, so the ALPR project is giving us those things that are gravely needed to further the investigations,” Gainer stated.

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When all is stated and done there will be 300 video cameras set up, and with an existence on every expressway in the Chicagoland location. That timeline is uncertain.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.