Massachusetts' plan to create a vehicle monitoring system

Posted on Tuesday, July 26th 2011 at 11:28 a.m.

Massachusetts has announced plans to deploy vehicle-mounted police scanners that will capture thousands of license plates an hour and store them indefinitely.

Police say the devices will help quickly identify criminals and check for police alerts, while civil rights advocates feel that it is a “Big Brother” style over-reach of police power.  I’m in agreement with civil rights groups - it’s unlikely that these devices will reduce crime and will more likely be used as a way to generate additional revenue for the state via increased collection on traffic warrants.

Britain, one of the most heavily surveilled countries in the first world, has not seen a decline in crime after dpending billions of dollars on equipment and manpower.

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