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Police Hope to Lower Crime With Purchase of License Plate Readers

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – The Greenburgh Police Department will soon purchase five new license plate readers to help better identify crime in the community.

Police Chief Joseph DeCarlo budgeted $66,000 from the capital budget for five stationary license plate readers, each costing roughly $12,000. The readers will be placed in high-crime areas where misconduct has been committed repeatedly.

"I know that these are tough economic times but we will be purchasing them as soon as possible," said DeCarlo, adding that they are expected to be in use within two months. "We really think they will help, especially in the Edgemont section."

He said the new equipment is welcomed by residents as there have been two late-year strings of burglaries in Edgemont and the Parkway Homes sections of Greenburgh. While police have made an arrest in one of the Parkway Homes burglaries, they are still investigating the others.

"The sooner we can start using it, the better," said DeCarlo. "We're looking forward to using this technology. I think it will be another tool."

While the new license plate readers will not be completely hidden from eyesight, said DeCarlo, it will take some searching to be able to locate them. As some of their goals are to help catch suspects and stolen vehicles, the police are not releasing where the new equipment will be placed.

"They are another tool that we can use," said DeCarlo. "It is a trend now, and other departments are budgeting for them, too. It's new technology. We can get a little more data. It's a lot of money but we want to see how they work."

The Greenburgh Police Department currently has two mobile license plate readers, usually stationed at opposite ends of the town, which can be moved when needed.

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