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Today: Jun 12, 2024

Atlantic City gets $1.4M for License Plate Reader Tech.

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  • Atlantic City has received $1.4 million for 120 license plate reader cameras to enhance safety.
  • The technology is being funded by the state to strengthen law enforcement efforts in the city.

Atlantic City has been granted $1.4 million to purchase and install 120 automated license plate reader (ALPR) cameras to improve safety in the area. The state funding, announced by New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin, aims to help law enforcement in identifying, locating, and recovering stolen vehicles, apprehending criminals involved in vehicle theft and other crimes, and quickly locating missing persons. This initiative comes as the city has seen a rise in crime rates, with aggravated assaults increasing by 11% and robberies by 2.5% last year.

Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police highlighted how ALPR technology can play a vital role in enhancing security in the city. Atlantic City, known for its bustling casino industry, has been pushing for better security measures in recent years. The addition of ALPR cameras is part of ongoing efforts to create a safer environment for residents, workers, and visitors alike.

While the city’s casinos have faced challenges, including a decline in in-person gaming revenue at the beginning of 2024, stakeholders are focusing on improving safety measures to attract more tourists. Lawmakers are also considering legislation to ban indoor tobacco smoking on casino floors, a move that could impact jobs and potentially lead to the closure of some resorts. Despite these challenges, the integration of license plate reader technology is seen as a step towards enhancing overall security in Atlantic City.