The Novato Police Department is crediting a patrol cruiser
equipped with license plate reading technology for discovering a car reported
stolen from Oakland on Saturday.
At 6:35 p.m. Saturday, a Novato police officer patrolling the area
of Leafwood Drive and Rowland Boulevard just west of U.S. Highway 101 used
the car's Automated License Plate Reader on a parked 1993 Acura, police said.
The reader scanned the license plate on the Acura and from its
database discovered that the car had been stolen within the city limits of
Oakland, according to police.
Police in Novato have license plate detectors installed on
several of the department's patrol cars.
The plate reader system, with infrared cameras using optical
character recognition, can recognize the plates of vehicles entered into the
system's database during police investigations, police said.