Police to get new technology to combat vehicle crime


Lincolnshire Police will soon have new and upgraded equipment to fight vehicle crime across the county.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has announced a £250,000 investment in the crime detection system ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition).

Reguarly seen in use on Channel 5’s new Police Interceptors programme – which focusses on Lincolnshire Police – the technology can pick up on stolen vehicles, banned drivers and those with no insurance, among other offences.

When a vehicle passes an ANPR device, its registration number is read and instantly checked against database records. Police can then stop it, check for evidence and, where necessary, make arrests.

ANPR has proved to be important in the detection of many offences, including finding missing people and solving cases of serious and organised crime.

The authority says it draws police attention to offending vehicles ‘while allowing law-abiding drivers to go about their business unhindered’.

On making the announcement, Alan Hardwick said: “I have always been committed to making policing in Lincolnshire as efficient and effective as possible.

“Making use of technology like this is an obvious way of doing that. ANPR has over recent years proved itself as an invaluable tool for keeping the people of Lincolnshire safe.

“It also means when a crime does take place, our officers have the best, most up to date crime fighting tools at their disposal.”