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Carlsbad Police Department: Automated License Plate Readers

Vigilant brand automatic license plate reader affixed to a light pole
An example of a Vigilant Solutions fixed-license plate reader.
Credit: Mike Katz-Lacabe (CC BY)
Agency Carlsbad Police Department
Location Carlsbad, CA
Technology Automated License Plate Readers
Vendor Vigilant Solutions

The Carlsbad Police Department scanned 85,479,158 license plates in 2019 using Vigilant Solutions automated license plate readers.

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Automated license plate readers are cameras attached to fixed locations or to patrol cars that capture every license plate that passes. The data is uploaded to searchable databases with the time, date, and GPS coordinates.

Vigilant brand automatic license plate reader affixed to a light pole
An example of a Vigilant Solutions fixed-license plate reader.
Credit: Mike Katz-Lacabe (CC BY)