Cape Coral police to track license plates along SE 47th Terrace
License plate readers are coming to Cape Coral's SE 47th Terrace, with the aim of helping law enforcement track stolen vehicles, Amber Alerts, Silver Alerts and wanted individuals.
The devices are cameras that will scan the license plates of any vehicle passing by. Council approved the purchase of eight readers for $101,445 from the St. Petersburg-based company Vetted Security Solutions.
Recurring annual costs for the data subscription service associated with the readers, as well as licensing fees, will be $33,200 starting next year.
"A 'hot list' can be created by another law enforcement agency and a camera owned and operated by the city of Cape Coral can scan the plate and alert them, just as a camera owned and operated by an outside agency can alert the Cape Coral Police Department," reads a police department memo from December.
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City Council briefly discussed the readers before approving their purchase at their regular meeting Monday.
After a council member asked about the cameras at the tolls on the bridges, Cape Coral police Chief David Newlan said that while those cameras capture license plate tags, the police department doesn’t have access to that information.
He said over 40 other law enforcement departments in Florida have license plate reader information, which will help officers track suspects between counties.
“The more (readers) we put out, the more information we obtain,” Newlan said.
Sgt. Allan Kolak, the police department's public affairs officer, said via email that these will be the city's first permanent license plate readers. The department has one other reader installed in a police vehicle.