Feb 6, 2014 10:33 AM by Constance McNamara

Pinal County implements new technology to find stolen cars

PINAL COUNTY - Thursday, a new system will be put into use by Pinal County Sheriff's K-9 unit to find stolen cars. It's the Automatic Licence Plate Reader, and it was created from a grant by "Arizona Auto Theft Authority".

Director Brian Salata said, "The Pinal County Sheriff's Office, under Sheriff Paul Babeu's leadership has made great advances in combating vehicle theft, and the interrelated smuggling crimes that have plagued our state."

Sheriff Babeu believes this new device will improve the rate of recovering stolen vehicles in Pinal County. He issued the following statement.

"This new equipment will help us find stolen vehicles faster, it will provide us with video evidence to ensure seamless prosecution and it will reduce the length of time deputies are involved in vehicle pursuit therefore making it safer for deputies and the citizens of Pinal County."

The system is capable of reading 3,600 license plates per minute with 94% accuracy. Pinal County Sheriff's Department also tell us that the new License Plate reader has the ability to record from 4 angles, as well as a wireless microphone to accurately record evidence at the touch of a button.


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