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DeKalb news: Brookhaven police say license plate program focused on serious crime

Days after revealing details about a network of cameras used to read millions of license plates, the city of Brookhaven provided data about the program and how it’s being used.

The license plate reader program launched in November through a partnership with Georgia Power to install a network of 44 cameras connected to wifi. During the month of March, 1.9 million licenses tag were read, the city said during a public safety town hall on Thursday night.

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The burglaries took place in a DeKalb County neighborhood.

About 95,000 plate numbers came back as “hits” meaning infractions were on file. But the vast majority of them -- about 70,000 -- were for non-violent charges like expired tags, lapsed insurance and suspended licenses. Brookhaven officials said they aren’t interested in pursuing those case and instead are focused on catching suspects of more serious crimes like robbery or assault.

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“It’s kind of a win-win for law enforcement and hopefully will keep crime out of the city,” Mayor John Ernst said.

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