Police force to boost number of ANPR surveillance cameras

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One of the UK’s largest police forces has revealed plans to increase the number of ANPR surveillance cameras in the county by a third, a recent news report has been able to suggest.

Kent Police will be installing 34 new automatic number plate recognition cameras (ANPR) over the next few years, adding to the total of 103 already deployed in the field. The police force considers the cameras to be extremely useful, since they have helped solved dozens of crimes. Last year, images from the cameras were used as evidence in 163 court cases, including murder, robbery, drug supply, money laundering and human trafficking trials.

The force’s ANPR manager Martin Lyddon said: “Between April 2014 and March 2015 a total of 314 arrests were made as a direct result of stops from ANPR data.

“Between January 2015 and October 2015, 216 vehicles have been seized as having been used in crime or as having been uninsured.

“Around one in every five ANPR stops in the first 10 months of 2015 resulted in an arrest as we continue to effectively use ANPR to deny criminals using Kent’s roads.”

He continued: “We want to be very transparent around our use of ANPR in Kent, which is why we are publicising our plans.

“Our plans to increase our ANPR coverage across Kent is all part of our on-going commitment to keeping Kent safe and making it as difficult as possible for criminals to operate in our county.”

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