NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A new tool is helping a local police department track down stolen cars. All officers have to do is take a picture.
Cory Damon, who has been with Newport News police for four years, showed 10 On Your Side how the tracking technology works.
"I've actually had instances where people would pull up beside me and say, what are those," Damon said.
Attached to the trunk are two cameras that look like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. And for Newport News police, the high-tech cameras are helping to put the bad guys away.
"We've run 143 plates on the right hand side and and 307 on the left," Damon said.
Those numbers come from just one hour of work. The cameras register every license plate Damon passes by in his cruiser.
"We can search for stolen vehicles, wanted persons and stolen plates," Damon added.
Damon said on average the new tool runs 1,600 to 1,800 license plates a day.
"The more cases we can clear the better off everything is going to be," Damon continued.
Police said the cameras can only pick up cars that have been reported stolen. So, if your car is ever stolen police want to remind you to report it right away.
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