Times: Police cameras busy snapping license plates

Times: Police cameras busy snapping license plates

Credit: ERIKA SCHULTZ / The Seattle Times

Seattle Police Department’s Cregan Newhouse drives around Beacon Hill, looking for stolen cars and vehicles that are chronically parked illegally. He is one of several parking-enforcement officers who use automated license-plate readers to quickly identify cars.

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by Brian M. Rosenthal / The Seattle Times

KING5.com

Posted on August 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Cregan Newhouse patrols the streets of Seattle, chasing license plates.

Mounted atop his Parking Enforcement minivan sit three cameras, capturing every plate he passes and instantly checking them against a database of stolen cars and unpaid tickets.

On this cloudy afternoon, he finds just two stolen cars and no chronic parking offenders, a smaller haul than usual.

But his work does not go to waste. The thousands of photos are entered into a Seattle Police Department database where, for the three months before they are destroyed, they’ll be available for use in criminal investigations.

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