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Zogby Analytics poll reveals support for the use of license plate reader technology in California

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A recent Zogby Analytics poll revealed support for license plate reader (LPR) technology by law enforcement personnel to solve and reduce crimes within the community. The poll was commissioned by Vigilant Solutions, a Livermore, CA business that creates LPR solutions and analytics for law enforcement agencies.

LPR technology can be used for a number of purposes, but one of the main reasons why this issue is under consideration is due to its use in law enforcement. Law enforcement personnel may use the technology to identify vehicles and track down suspects. Some insurance companies may also use the information to locate vehicles as well. An LPR device can be used to take a snapshot of license plates that will include the time, date, and location of the photograph.

In a press release, Shawn Smith, the founder and CEO of Vigilant Solutions said, "LPR has been a critical tool that has helped law enforcement solve thousands of violent crimes and enabled insurance and financial services companies to re-possess stolen and delinquent vehicles, resulting in the reduction of insurance premiums and other fees for their customers in good standing. LPR provides value to every citizen in California."

Conducted in April 2014, the poll included 800 residents of California. The poll asked California residents about their opinions regarding the use of LPR technology and whether or not it encroaches upon the rights and privacy of citizens. This issue is currently pending legislation in the form of SB 893, a bill in the California State Senate. In addition to the pending legislation in California, there is also the Drivers Privacy Protection Act, a federal law that places restrictions on the use of the technology.

Over 60% of those that participated in the poll believed that license plates are intended for public display and people should be able to photograph them unrestricted. The poll expressed support for the use of LPR technology for law enforcement by a 6:1 margin.

Please visit www.VigilantSolutions.com for more information.

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