Tulsa Police say the city of Tulsa is in the nation’s top 15 for stolen vehicles, but a new breed of technology is helping officers catch car thieves and return stolen cars to their owners.
TPD now has a number of cars equipped with number plate reading cameras.
According to TPD, the cameras scan license plates non-stop, looking for stolen cars, and officers say the system has been very effective.
Police say they rolled out the new technology at the beginning of the summer and have recovered more than a dozen stolen cars so far.
Auto Theft Unit Lieutenant Chase Calhoun says the cameras only read numbers and letters, they don’t scan faces.
They say they use the car day and night and drive through high crime areas and corporate parking lots and let the camera system do the work.
“So what we’re doing is we’re scouring these hotel and motel parking lots. A lot of times, stolen vehicles are dumped here, they’re left behind,” said Lt. Chase Calhoun of the Tulsa Police Department.
TPD says they want to remind people to always lock their doors and never leave their keys in their cars. Police say the simple steps can prevent a lot of theft.