URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) – “The increase in violence that we have seen in the community was a big factor in this decision,” said Patrick Wade, police spokesperson for the University of Illinois.
This is why a ministry decided to set up new license plate readers to combat violence. Automatic license plate readers have been a big topic of conversation in central Illinois. The University of Illinois Police Department has just added two new ALPRs to the campus.
That’s right, they’ve added two on campus and plan to add three more. They put them in high traffic areas so they can hopefully catch the most crimes.
“License plate readers fill part of that void for us where we can’t fill it with human resources like police officers,” Wade said.
Champaign County officials have had several conversations about automatic license plate readers. The University of Illinois Police Department has installed two new readers on campus and plans to add three more.
“Our police officers, our security guards, our student patrollers are dedicated to the safety of the campus, they have done a very good job with the proactive activities that they are engaged in, but we know that the police cannot be everywhere. time, ”Wade said.
The reader records people’s license plates, so if a crime occurs near these cameras, the police can go back to a database and find the car that was potentially involved.
“We think it’s a good addition,” Wade said. “They’ve been effective in other communities, it’s an alternative to hiring more cops so that we get that coverage without having to put more cops on the streets.”
The Rantoul Police Department solved two crimes using license plate readers. While other cities, like Urbana, voted against them, following community concerns.
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“We think we have a pretty good track record,” Wade said. “We have been using security cameras for over a decade now. We have a very large network of security cameras. This has served us well in many different criminal investigations and we have very strict policies in place to make sure it is not misused. “
IU Police want to let it be known that these cameras will help solve the crime and keep students safe, while potentially helping other areas of Champaign County.
“It’s a piece of this puzzle,” Wade said. “This is another tool we can use to hold offenders accountable when crimes are committed on our campus. “
Champaign’s municipal council will meet next week. They plan to talk about automatic license plate readers at their meeting.