Police Roll Out More Plate Readers To Combat Car Thefts
by Alex Rozier, KHQ Local News Reporter - bio | email
SPOKANE, Wash. - Right now Spokane police officers are fighting a worrisome trend: an increase in car thefts all across the city. Police are doing everything they can in order to combat the increase in vehicle thefts. Officers are now pulling out extra resources to help reunite victims with their vehicles. Police are increasing the amount of plate readers that they have on the streets. Dan Cole of the Spokane Police Department said, "if one of these cars are stolen it kicks back the alert immediately."
This month alone cops have made 41 arrests connected to vehicle thefts in the city and the license plate readers have a lot to do with it. If you're driving a vehicle in the city of Spokane, this device will read the license plate as you pass by and if the car doesn't belong to you, you might be in a bit of trouble.
Every single vehicle that gets scanned is recorded and according to Office Cole, it's really a simple system, but effective. Police have a simple message to all the car thieves in the community, "We are going to be out searching for those stolen cars, we are going to find out who's doing this and we're going to make arrests."
Police say the way the thieves are able to steal so many cars is people leaving their cars on to warm them up. Thieves are simply getting in and driving off.
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