It’s time to have an important discussion. It's the one about manual chalking and why, when a highly-superior method of parking enforcement exists, many officers are still reaching out of their vehicles or walking from vehicle to vehicle to mark parked cars’ tires with a long chalk stick?
The rudimentary practice of manual chalking is:
- ineffective in wet weather,
- documented to cause physical injury due to repeated strain, and
- the only information it provides is if a car has moved since originally parked.
There is a better way. And, this way is so completely efficient it can pay for itself through the location of plates with multiple unpaid moving violations. And that's not all. This premier system from the leader in Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology has assisted law enforcement with the development of leads and even helped to solve cases.
Before we delve into how, let’s briefly address why digital chalking is far superior to manual. Because officers are not required to lean out of or leave their vehicles to chalk, they can “mark” 10-times more vehicles each shift. They can also perform timed parking enforcement in all weather conditions (no chalk washing off). And, if that weren’t enough, these simple sweeps provide law enforcement with a significant amount of additional data—info that has proved invaluable in solving crimes.
Considering that 70% of all crimes involve a vehicle, it stands to reason that knowing a vehicle’s make, model, color, signature, and estimation of speed and direction of travel, would be immensely invaluable to law enforcement investigations. All this real-time, analytical data, collected by intelligent LPR cameras and then sent to back-office software for analysis, has helped law enforcement solve everything from abductions to burglaries to organized and pattern crime to homicides. The plate numbers collected by AutoVu are run against a computerized “hot list”, helping officers to easily locate wanted vehicles. Historical license plate data is cataloged to help law enforcement with future investigations.
Fixed and mobile LPR technology has been used to:
- Search for felons crossing city borders
- Detect abnormal vehicle behavior
- Detect criminal behavior
- Check parking lot capacity
- Analyze traffic volume and patterns
- Stop drivers from illegally using designated bus lanes
- Enforce other traffic regulations
- Recover unpaid fines
There’s so much more. But, the key to getting the most from the Genetec AutoVu LPR system is to ensure it’s installed, integrated, and supported by a company that knows the premier solution inside and out. If the integrator is Genetec-trained-and-certified, can offer support services beyond install, and fully understands the specialized needs of law enforcement, you should be good to go.
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