Sutton Police Force
- Location: United Kingdom
- Customer: Metropolitan Police Force (Sutton)
- Project Type: ANPR
- Solution: ProVida ANPR
- Year: 2010
Sutton police recently armed themselves with a new weapon in the war against crime, with the addition of ProVida Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to one of their patrol cars.
The state-of-the-art technology enabled police to catch up with two suspected criminals on one of their first ANPR patrols.
After being tipped off by the technology, police discovered two imitation firearms in one of the first cars they pulled over. They also found that the driver was wanted by police in connection with prison recall.
Two people have now been charged with absconding from lawful custody.
The patrol car has been described as a mobile police station, providing officers with on-the-spot alerts about suspicious vehicles, drivers and passengers.
It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be sent to any location -so there is no safe haven for the borough's criminals.
The technology works by bringing together information on the Police National Computer and number plate databases.
It can alert police to anything from vehicles being driven without tax or insurance, to those suspected of crimes such as burglary and robbery. Police intelligence will often be used to direct the vehicle to a particular area and to pick up on particular crimes.
Chief Inspector Mark Hill, of Sutton Police said: "We want to make Sutton a difficult borough for criminals and a safe borough for residents - this equipment is another way to help us keep crime low in the borough."