License Plate Scanners Come to Harrisonburg

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Police across the country are using automatic cameras to take pictures of license plates to help solve crimes. The Harrisonburg police department will take pictures of your car on your way to work or to school.

License plate readers, or LPR's are designed to help police better track down stolen cars or wanted individuals. The black box will scan every license plate on the road and bring up your information on their database - alarming the officer if your car is wanted or stolen.

The purpose behind these scanners is to help save police time when tracking down a wanted or stolen car. It can also be used for other investigative purposes like Amber Alerts or a person missing.

The problem is in the hands of the wrong person, this could be a bad thing. Police say the information will be deleted after 30 days, but some still feel unsure of the privacy concerns with the new device.

"It may be beneficial, especially if there was someone that stole a car or there was an amber alert, or that situation I think it would be helpful. My concern is that there may be some people who get a hold of that information that doesn't need that information," said Donna Link, who travels into Harrisonburg on a regular basis.

Currently the Harrisonburg Police Department only has one car with these LPR's on it. You can expect to have your license plate scanned in the next 30 days. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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