South Barrington may get another camera to read license plates of passing vehicles

Suburban ne'er-do-wells, beware - South Barrington officials are set to increase the village's already-hefty arsenal of crime-fighting automated license plate readers.

The village board on Thursday could vote to acquire another camera designed to read and record license plates and other automobile information.

The village began installing plate readers in neighborhoods in 2020, Village Administrator Bob Palmer said. About 50 are active in town.

The cameras passively scan passing vehicles and record images. The system alerts police when a car suspected of being used in a crime passes a camera, based on manufacturer, model, color, distinguishing features or marks and license plates. Information about cars without plates can be used, too.

The village's cameras have come from Atlanta-based Flock Group, and the new one would, too. The lease for the new camera, if approved, will cost the village $2,500 annually, officials said.

Flock has produced such equipment for municipalities, law enforcement agencies, schools and private companies across the Chicago area and the nation.

Departments using Flock camera systems share data.

Vernon Hills, Schaumburg and Roselle are among the suburbs that have such systems. Officials in Des Plaines and Barrington recently voted to get cameras from Flock, too.

Thursday's South Barrington board meeting is set for 7 p.m. at village hall, 30 S. Barrington Road.

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