DuBos: Why aren't we using license plate readers to fight crime?

Clancy DuBos talks about the lack of license plate readers on fixed crime cameras in the city.

Recent shootings in are prompting one New Orleans City Council member to call for a new kind of crime camera in high-crime areas.

That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand swears by license plate recognition software. This new technology lets deputies identify who's going into high-crime neighborhoods. It's a very effective tool for catching — and deterring — criminals.

New Orleans has only a handful of mobile license plate readers, and no readers at fixed locations. That raises the question: Why not fully embrace this technology? That's a question City Councilmember LaToya Cantrell is asking in the wake of recent shootings in Central City that have left five people dead so far this month. 

I don't know what license plate recognition cameras would cost, but we all know what the violent crime rate is costing us in human lives.

Share your opinion by emailing commentary@wwltv.com.
 

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