The City of Boynton Beach in Florida plans to deter car theft by using 23 license plate readers, which authorities will install on traffic intersections.
For those who plan on buying a used GMC for sale in Bradenton from dealers such as SRQ Auto LLC, these devices will help police officers not just to identify stolen cars but also pinpoint vehicles used for crimes, such as burglaries. Local commissioners recently approved the plan after a successful roll-out in Delray Beach.
Boynton Beach Mayor Steven Grant said that the automatic license plate readers would be free of charge from the same company that provided red-light cameras, as part of a contract until 2021. The high-tech readers will complement two existing readers used by patrol officers.
Grant also downplayed criticisms on the readers as a breach of privacy, since they install these in public places. The city’s new crime-deterrent tools come at a time when stolen cars in the U.S. comprise more than 700,000 units each year, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Based on a National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) report, the Honda Civic and Honda Accord rank as two of the most popular cars among thieves.
Avoiding Stolen Cars
Transacting with a legitimate dealer serves as one of the best options to avoid purchasing stolen vehicles. You should always check a car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) and see if it has been stolen or unrecovered by running it on the NICB’s database.
It also helps to have a mechanic take a look at the car. Even if the car turns out to be fine, an inspection lets you know if there are other problems with car parts and equipment.
The new license plate readers may help curb car theft, but used car buyers are equally responsible for being aware of how to spot stolen vehicles.