OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — If you’ve ever driven through the Kansas community of Hutchinson in recent years, chances are your whereabouts were logged and locked inside a law enforcement database.
Maybe not your face, but rather your vehicle license plate, the time and your location — a snapshot of your movements — were potentially captured by one of two Automatic License Plate Readers employed by the Hutchinson Police Department.
ALPRs are the product of a collision between crime fighting and high-end technology. Utilized by the HPD since 2009, the patrol vehicle-mounted devices can instantly scan a license plate and compare it against any number of law enforcement databases. In mere seconds, officers can check for stolen vehicles, arrest warrants or other relevant information tied to the plate number.