Force celebrates ANPR success


Northamptonshire Police has doubled the size of its automatic numberplate recognition network, directly resulting – according to figures recently issued by the force – in 340 arrests across the county.

The decision to add 150 new camera sites was announced in December last year, with the aim of increasing coverage across “rural areas and major towns, as well as on county borders”. As well as the aforementioned arrests, the expanded roll-out has also resulted in 627 vehicle seizures, 310 “intelligence-led searches” and the identification of more than 1,000 traffic offences. 

ANPR-related successes within the county include a large amount of Class A and B drugs being found in a taxi in February. According to the force, 108 wraps of the illicit substances were found, with an estimated street value of £6,000. 

In April 2021, meanwhile, the technology was used to apprehend “six males who had entered a property in Kettering, armed with machetes”. Enquiries by officers identified a vehicle believed to be involved in the incident, which subsequently activated the ANPR system. 

Discussing Northamptonshire’s ANPR strategy, chief constable Nick Adderley said: “In the eight months since we began installing these 150 new cameras and the team which sits behind [them], the investment has proven its worth several times over.

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