Police patrols to scan all number plates
27 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — National police service (KLPD) is outfitting its mobile patrols with cameras to scan number plates of passing cars on motorways to check for violations.
27 March 2006
AMSTERDAM — National police service (KLPD) is outfitting its mobile patrols with cameras to scan number plates of passing cars on motorways to check for violations.
Until now the police service used static cameras and officers checked number plates manually.
The first police car with the new 'catchken' system is scheduled to begin operating in September. A KLPD spokesperson confirmed this after the story appeared in newspaper De Telegraaf at the weekend.
The KLPD will compare the information scanned by the cameras with data held by the vehicle authority RDW (Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer). This will allow officers to establish straight away if a car is stolen, has outstanding fines or whether it is insured.
The system could also be used to track down motorists who habitually drive away without paying from petrol stations.
Police in Rotterdam and Amsterdam are already using a mobile system that scans number plates. "We regularly have hits involving people with tax arrears and unpaid fines," a spokesperson for the Rotterdam-Rijnmond division said. Its mobile patrols regularly scan thousands of vehicles.
The KLPD said a final decision has to be taken on what system its officers will use and what data will be monitored. "We are looking for a way technology can take over as much of the work from our officers as possible," the KLPD spokesperson said.
The police service is also examining how best the scanning system can help in the hunt for wanted criminals.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news