Honolulu police install license plate scannersUPDATED 9:53 PM HST Feb 19, 2014Video Transcript
Honolulu Police have a new gadget aimed at scanning your cars license plates... Police unveiled the cameras today... The automated license plate readers can hone in on any cars license plate within close range... It then runs the plates number through a database and if the car is wanted -- it will notify the officer. Police say the new tool will be used for locating stolen vehicles -- stolen license plates -- and wanted or missing persons vehicles. 2655 - 2710 "I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERN OF PEOPLE MAYBE FEELING LIKE THEIR LICENSE PLATES WILL BE KEPT, IF YOU LOOK AT OUR POLICY, OUR DATA WILL BE PURGED AFTER 90-DAYS, WE ARE NOT GOING TO USE THE LICENSE PLATE FOR ANYTHING." Since being installed -- the automated license plate readers have helped recover seven stolen license plates and two stolen cars. The cameras are currently on three patrol cars -- and seven more units are planned to be added in the future.