[Currently under review]

During any investigation, a consideration should always be ‘was or could a vehicle have been used?’ If so, ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology can potentially help without any details of the vehicle(s) being known in advance.

ANPR can identify a vehicle of interest based on its number plate. However, identification should not replace other investigative enquiries and officer discretion.

ANPR automatically reads vehicle registration marks (VRMs), for comparison against database records. The police and government agencies (such as Highways England) and commercial companies, eg, garages, shopping centres and car parks, use this system. ANPR provides a tactical option to disrupt, prevent and detect criminal activity.


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