ELSAG’s automatic license plate reader helps free woman kidnapped at knifep
ELSAG North America, manufacturer of the highly advanced Mobile Plate Hunter-900® (MPH-900®) Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology, aids the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department in New York with the capture of a kidnapper. Because law enforcement knew the license plate number of the vehicle suspected of being associated with the abduction, the MPH-900 was able to help them hunt down the vehicle quickly and rescue the victim.
Sheriff’s Deputy, Robert Bechtel deploys one of the thirteen MPH-900 ALPR systems owned by Onondaga County during his daily shifts. The system takes photos of license plates on vehicles at the rate of up to 900 per minute, per camera. The system records each plate number, the vehicle’s location, along with date and time stamps of when the photo was taken. “Our systems serve agencies big and small all across New York,” said Nate Maloney, VP of Marketing and Communications for ELSAG. “That state has created an ALPR network that has increased the efficiency with which they can find suspect vehicles associated with any crime or infraction imaginable.”
It was during the course of his daily routine that Deputy Bechtel responded to a call about a kidnapping in progress. A woman was being held at knifepoint by her ex-boyfriend. The license plate number of the vehicle suspected of being used in the kidnapping was entered into the ALPR system’s database. Deputy Bechtel drove around relevant areas, allowing his MPH-900 technology to record the license plate of every vehicle his patrol car passed, or that passed him. Eventually, the MPH-900 spotted the suspect vehicle and alerted Bechtel. After confirming that the plate number that caused the alarm was the one he was looking for, Deputy Bechtel approached the driver’s window with his weapon drawn. The kidnapper was arrested and the woman was freed from harm. “Our job is to provide law enforcement with the best ALPR technology available for the array of public safety missions they champion every day,” said Maloney. “Success stories like Deputy Bechtel’s keep us committed and spur us on to advance our systems that they depend on for suspect vehicle identification, freeing them to do the duties only highly trained professionals can do.”