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News from the United States; in the small Florida town of Manalapan, (population 321) a recent crimewave has resulted in the latest generation of CCTV being approved for use, by the town council.
Following a recent spate of burglaries, a decision was made to install an ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) based Closed Circuit Television System, capable of recording all vehicles passing through the main residential area.
Once captured, the vehicle licence plates will be automatically compared against a database of known stolen or suspect vehicles.
Along with the vehicle plates, an image of the driver will also be digitally recorded, and the data stored for a period of three months.
Manalapans Police Chief, Clay Walker has indicated that if proven successful, the scheme may be extended to cover other major roads in the area.
Whilst courts in America have previously ruled that in a public area, their is no public expectation of privacy, Chief Walker is mindful of the implications for this technology in relation to civil liberties.
Detailed from an original story by NOAH BIERMAN,
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