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New technology coming to help police identify stolen vehicles

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Police are looking to bring in new technology to help crack down on the number of auto thefts in the Savannah area.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department Police Chief Jack Lumpkin is bringing in license plate readers to each precinct to use to catch car thieves.

Auto thefts have been on the rise the past couple of years. So far this year, there have been 732 auto thefts, compared to 479 this time last year.

The device will be mounted on the outside of the patrol car, and will constantly read license plates and alert police if there's a stolen car. It will scan and run license plates automatically.

Police said many crimes are committed with stolen cars, so if they can catch these car thieves driving stolen cars, they will hopefully reduce other crimes like robberies and burglaries as well.

"This technology recognizes a stolen vehicle and does not depend on humans to be able to recognize a vehicle through three or four lanes of traffic," said Chief Lumpkin, SCMPD.

All five precincts will be getting a license plate reader to begin using next month.

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