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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

NYPD To Cover Midtown Manhattan With Camera License Plate Readers And Radiation Scanners, A 'Ring of Steel' in NYC To Combat Terror.


NYPD To Cover Midtown Manhattan With Camera License Plate Readers And Radiation Scanners, A 'Ring of Steel' in NYC To Combat Terror.

The NYPD wants to cloak midtown with the same security blanket it rolled out for lower Manhattan: camera license plate scanners, and radiation and bio scanners. Those measures covering Manhattan south of Canal St. will slowly be applied to midtown, from 34th to 59th Sts., river to river, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told the City Council Public Safety Committee.


"We want to take that model, protecting the 1.7 square miles south of Canal and replicate it in midtown Manhattan," Kelly said after the hearing Tuesday. The NYPD wants $21 million in federal homeland security dollars to put toward the midtown project, estimated to cost $58 million.

Aside from iconic buildings that could be terror targets, many financial companies relocated into midtown after the 2001 World Trade Center attack, police said. Kelly did not outline how many cameras, license plate readers or radiation scanners would be deployed in midtown.

The NYPD is also looking to install permanent license plate scanners at each of the 20 crossings into Manhattan as part of an elaborate new safety scheme.


Near Atlanta, bad guys traveling the Ga. 400 corridor, that feeling is about to get a whole lot worse. Alpharetta and Sandy Springs police departments have a new gizmo that mounts on patrol cars and is capable of reading up to 18 to 20 license plates a second, and detecting which ones the police need to stop.

The license plate reader can scan license plates in the hurly-burly of Ga. 400 — going in both directions. It can accurately read license plates of cars going 120 mph in rain, dark, or sunshine. “It’s a great thing,” said Alpharetta Public Safety Director Gary George. “Think of Amber Alerts, stolen cars, outstanding warrants.”

See a prior post of Private Investigator Bill Warner, Wednesday, August 13, 2008, "JACKED" STOLEN CARS TO SUPPORT TERRORISM, NEW JERSEY AUTO THEFT TASK FORCE (A.T.T.F.)

It’s helped find a dead body in a stolen car in New York. In New Haven, Conn., police used them to catch tax delinquents. In a four-month trial in Ohio, the highway patrol captured 23 suspects, and recovered 24 stolen cars.


Bill Warner
private investigator