TRAFFIC cameras which help detect and deter crime will be placed at 89 new sites across West Mercia and Warwickshire, the police have revealed.
There are currently 52 Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras set up in 52 locations across the two areas which read registration plates and signal within seconds if vehicles are uninsured, untaxed or have been involved in criminal activity.
They are also intended to improve national security and counter terrorism as well as being used in tracking serious and organised crime.
Each site is reviewed regularly as to whether this level of technology is needed in each area and if it is decided to be required it will be removed.
ACC Chris Singer said “The importance of ANPR is widely acknowledged and following consideration of a business case, Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Officers agreed to invest significantly into the Alliance ANPR infrastructure.
“Work on installing the new ANPR technology and upgrading existing cameras reaching the end of their life will start immediately to ensure we have the best systems to protect our communities from suspected travelling criminals.”
The locations are not revealed by police to keep the cameras as effective as possible in catching criminals.