San Bernardino Police Scanning for Stolen Cars

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - San Bernardino car thieves beware.
Local police will soon start using computerized license plate scanners to check as many as 20,000 vehicles per day against the statewide stolen-car list.

Mounted atop police cars, each scanner uses four cameras the size of soup cans and sounds an alarm if it detects a stolen car.

Michael Eckley, the Police Department's information technology manager, says the old way of manually checking plates limited an officer to a maximum of 100 to 200 checks per shift.

The scanners, paid for by a $115,000 federal technology grant, are already being used in Rancho Cucamonga and Temecula, and the
California Highway Patrol has similar units.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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