Civicas Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology cuts crime at Trafford Centre

Home Office minister Baroness Scotland praises security system built on Civica ANPR technology at Trafford Park shopping centre, Manchester, following reduction in car crime by 65 per cent.
Civica, one of the UKs most experienced providers of consulting, software and services for the public sector, working with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has helped the Trafford Centre shopping complex cut vehicle crime by 65 per cent using its Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology.

The 285,000 ANPR system has been part funded by the Home Office and praised by Home Office Minister Baroness Scotland earlier this year after incidents at the shopping centre were reduced from an average of 40 per month to just eight. The Trafford Centre has approximately 20 million visitors each year.

A new extension means the ANPR camera system now covers 12,000 car parking spaces and, since its first installation in 2003, has led to the arrest of more than 100 offenders and the recovery of over 100 stolen vehicles.

Civicas ANPR system is integrated with the Trafford Centres existing CCTV technology platform and uses specialist cameras to capture images of number plates of all vehicles entering the area, day and night.

The ANPR software simultaneously compares the registrations with GMP and all its partners records of vehicles associated with criminals or crime - locally, regionally and nationally. If there is a match, the system instantly alerts the police force and its partners, the Trafford Centre and local retailers security teams.

Mark Aspin, Strategic Development Manager, Safer Trafford Partnership GMP/Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council, said: We chose Civicas ANPR system after a competitive tender and because we were very impressed with similar work it had completed at other shopping centres.

We had a police target to decrease car crime by 30 per cent, so to have bettered the target by more than double is great news for the local community and people visiting the Trafford Centre. Civicas ANPR system has also helped with other sorts of acquisitive crime such as shop lifting and credit card theft, as well as helping convict criminals for armed robbery offences.

John Dutton, Enforcement Managing Director, Civica said: Our ANPR system at Trafford Park demonstrates what is possible when a group of organisations get together to help reduce crime to benefit the people living or visiting the area. Civicas technology delivers an intelligent approach to crime reduction which is flexible enough to work with existing technology systems. In addition, we can integrate with our other enforcement technologies to provide a complete tailored system.

Home Office Minister, Baroness Scotland, in a Home Office press release issued earlier this year said: "I am delighted that the Home Office has been able to work with partners to further crack down on crime in the Trafford area. We want to send a clear message that their criminal activity will not be tolerated.

"Over the last five years, recorded crime in the greater Manchester area has fallen by 13 per cent - evidence of this Government's commitment to use every technology and tool at our disposal to drive down crime, wherever it occurs."
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