Kenosha police looking at advanced license plate recognition technology to recover stolen vehicles | Crime & Courts

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Support Local Journalism Your membership makes our reporting possible. featured_button_text By comparison, the city handled 213 stolen vehicle cases in 2019 and 121 in 2018. “In 2017, we were under 100 cases. I think that year were actually around 70,” he said. Larsen attributes the jump in reported stolen cars […]

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By comparison, the city handled 213 stolen vehicle cases in 2019 and 121 in 2018.

“In 2017, we were under 100 cases. I think that year were actually around 70,” he said.

Larsen attributes the jump in reported stolen cars to an uptick in juvenile crimes, locally and from out of state.

“We’ve had a significant Illinois influence where we’ve had a lot of stolen cars from Illinois coming up here,” he said. “I can tell you that there’s been a comparable increase in (car) pursuits, proportional to the cases of stolen cars, too.”

Solving crimes in real time

The data collected in real time could help officers to solve crimes more quickly.

Larsen said police can be unaware of stolen cars in the area because they’re parked like any other vehicle.

“Being in the position that Kenosha is, we get stolen cars from Milwaukee and from Racine and what otherwise looks like just a regular parked car, it may be stolen,” he said.

Fixed LPR cameras, which are used many times in areas of high traffic, record live action with people still inside their vehicles, increasing the opportunities for officers to arrest suspects almost immediately.

Larsen said officials have yet to decide how it will deploy the fixed camera. Some possibilities include areas with the most crime, as well as, well-traveled streets.

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