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Big Brother: 320 Licence Plate Reading Police Cars In Maryland; And Growing

•, Adam May
 A wild chase down Interstate 95 ends with a crash. Police got on the trail of the stolen car using controversial technology increasing across Maryland.

Adam May has an exclusive look at the police tool in action.

These days cameras are everywhere, but some do more than watch–they automatically run criminal records.

At the height of Tuesday’s rush hour, police chased a New Jersey car thief–alerted when he raced through the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

“Set off an automatic sensor that detected the plates were on a stolen vehicle,” said Captain Jeff Long, Sky Eye Chopper 13.
Those sensors are called automatic license plate readers, or LPRs.WJZ got an exclusive look at how they work.
 “We’re looking for this Mercedes,” said Lt. Craig Hartman, Baltimore Police.

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