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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Security Trends

Manalapan, FL has one police officer for every 30 citizens and they will back that up with a full surveillance system for every car coming or going:

MANALAPAN, Fla. – One of the nation's wealthiest towns will soon have cameras and computers running background checks on every car and driver that passes through.

Police Chief Clay Walker said cameras would take infrared photos recording a car's tag number, then software will automatically run the numbers through law enforcement databases. A 911 dispatcher is alerted if the car is stolen or is the subject of a "be on the lookout" warning.

Next to the tag number, police will have a picture of the driver, taken with another set of cameras, upgraded versions of the standard surveillance cameras already in place.

If there is a robbery, police will be able to comb records to determine who drove through town on a given afternoon or evening.
related links:
Florida town to use surveillance cameras [boston.com]
Florida town to use blanket of surveillance cameras [US Today]

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