HI-TECH roadside cameras have had a ‘dramatic impact’ on reducing crime in Burton, according to police chiefs.
The use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) in the town has helped jail dozens of people involved in drug-related crime, as well as finding hundreds of car insurance dodgers.
Drivers have been caught out by the cops at several locations on roads including the A38 and A50.
Chief Superintendent Jon Drake, who has overseen the crime-cracking initiative, told the Mail: “This project demonstrates that by working together with Staffordshire County Council, as well as colleagues from the Central Motorways Policing Group, we are a crime-fighting force to be reckoned with.
“There is simply nowhere for criminals to hide.
“Not only have we made arrests, we have gathered a lot of useful information and prevented criminal activity, all of which we hope will reduce crime and reassure the communities of Staffordshire.
“The benefits of this joint investment into ANPR technology are already proving to be an invaluable tool in our fight against crime.
“Combined with an intelligence-led approach, we will continue to stop many criminals from targeting our county, as well as tracking and catching those who do.”
Earlier this year, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council made a significant investment towards the expansion of ANPR capability across the county.
There are 42 roadside ANPR sites giving coverage to 72 lanes across the road network 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Robert Marshall, Staffordshire County Council cabinet member for public health and community safety, said: “Although crime has fallen across Staffordshire, the council is committed to continuously working with partners to make the county both safe and feel safer.”
Staffordshire police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis said: “This zero-tolerance approach has proved very popular with people across the county.”