Barrie police to get new hardware to target auto thefts

One-time provincial grant to be used to purchase an Automated Licence Plate Recognition system

Barrie police will be getting new technology to help combat auto thefts, as well as other crimes.

The province is providing a one-time grant of $500,000, so the service can purchase Automated Licence Plate Recognition, in which cameras can scan licence plates.

The system will alert police to expired or stolen plates and plates registered to suspended drivers.

“This technology will help to keep both our streets and our hardworking police officers safe while ensuring that officers have the best information to do their jobs as quickly as possible,” Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte, said in a news release.

It will also notify officers of missing and wanted persons and vehicles that have had AMBER alerts issued.

“I am confident that this tool will be a tremendous asset to our Barrie police services and will help them combat incidents of auto theft and enhance public safety,” Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil, added in a news release.