ZIONSVILLE — The Zionsville Police Department installed 10 new license plate reader cameras throughout the town, hoping to catch more criminals in their vehicles.
The 10 cameras can identify the license plate and vehicle make, type and color.
Police say they will be notified if a stolen vehicle, missing persons vehicle or any vehicle that was used in a crime is detected on a camera.
The data is stored for 30 days, and is only accessible by law enforcement, not the company that made the cameras.
Cameras are also available to businesses or local homeowner’s associations. If they install a camera, the business or homeowner’s association own all the data.
The cameras run on solar and battery power, so they’re wire-free.
“The license plate readers provide our officers with a valuable tool to both deter and more thoroughly investigate criminal activity in Zionsville,” said Zionsville Police Chief Michael Spears. “By alerting officers of stolen vehicles and wanted persons we may be able to prevent a stop crime before it occurs.”