In a follow up to a post from three days ago, it turns out that the cops CAN use plate trackers to find criminals. Or anyone else, if they really want to.

Categories: CrimePolice State


Jay Dee · September 15, 2022 at 4:45 pm

So go to City Hall. Take a picture of license plates there. Print out a plate and tape it over your regular plate then go run a few red lights

    Divemedic · September 15, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Bonus if it’s the police chief or mayor’s car.

      Anonymous · September 15, 2022 at 9:26 pm

      Some high school kids did a variation of this a few years ago. They did a perfect printout of the school principal’s vehicle license plate. Then they got a vehicle that matched his, put the fake plates on and then ran red lights like crazy. Can’t remember the outcome, but I believe the red-light cameras were shut down shortly afterwards.

George · September 15, 2022 at 11:49 pm

There was a TV series in 2017 called “Hunted” where contestants tried to evade capture for 28 days for $250,000. They had to stay within Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and Alabama. I remember the hunters using the states’ plate recognition cameras to track several contestants.

If they know your license plate number, they can have an alert any time the vehicle passes one of the cameras.

    George · September 16, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    And in a followup, this guy matches Instagram photos with live cameras from where and when they were taken. That this is even possible using off-the-shelf stuff, just imagine what the .gov has.

nick flandrey · September 16, 2022 at 8:24 am

Listening to the scanner here in Houston, particularly the drug and fugitive surveillance channels, the cops routinely talk about using the LPRs installed by cities, counties, apartment managers, and subdivision HOAs.

They also use GPS trackers, are in everyone’s social media, use fixed wing aircraft to follow vehicles, install “pole cameras” to surveil buildings, and use confidential informants and undercover cops.

It’s a bit surprising how often they follow the wrong vehicle, don’t know where a vehicle or person actually is, or lose track of a vehicle with a GPS tracker installed.

In a lot of cases, particularly street racers, they don’t know who is in a vehicle, who it belongs to, or the real ID of social media accounts. Part of this is because Tx allows paper tags for license plates, and they are routinely counterfeited, and part is just because of the fluid nature of their targets’ lives.

It is possible to evade them, but it’s not easy.

Danny's not here · September 16, 2022 at 4:58 pm

Oh – that reminds me – gotta get that Mossberg 590 Shockwave for the car.

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