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Redding Police Department installs license plate reader cameras

The Redding Police Department has a new tool to help search for suspects -- license plate readers.

Posted: May 6, 2021 7:38 PM
Updated: May 6, 2021 7:47 PM

REDDING, Calif. - The Redding Police Department has a new tool to help search for suspects called license plate readers. RPD says the cameras can help find stolen cars and even track suspects on the run.

Crooks on the run now have to watch out for more than patrol cars.

“There's a total of 39 license plate reader cameras in 18 separate locations,” said Lt. Brian Torum.

“We've been installing them through the late summer months all the way up until now.”

Lt. Torum tells Action News Now that the cameras will be used to help with investigations and that makes some people feel safer.
“If you know a vehicle is stolen or if they're trying to find somebody who’s been involved in a crime or robbery or something like that, if they can see your license plate through the cameras, it'll definitely help them,” said Haidon Matteson of Redding.

“I'm all for that.”

Lt. Torum says people shouldn’t be concerned about the cameras invading people’s privacy unless they broke the law. The data is then stored for six months, then removed.

“It doesn't take a picture of who's in the car and it doesn't do anything for us on the basis of random surveillance,” said Lt. Torum.

“We only use this system to look up potential suspect plates.”

Redding Electric Utility also uses those cameras for infrastructure safety.

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