License plate scanners, sometimes deployed in patrol cars (pictured) will be used in Tiburon, Calif., to check the plates of every car entering or leaving the city.

Tiburon, a small upscale city on a peninsula near San Francisco, will photograph the license plates of every vehicle entering and leaving, according to an article in today's San Francisco Chronicle. The license plate photos will be matched with a database of stolen cars and owners with violations or warrants. If a crime occurs in the tiny community, then vehicle plates can be used to come up with suspects. Such systems have ordinarily been mounted in patrol cars to automatically check vehicle license plates of parked or moving vehicles. A camera vendor has not yet been selected according to the article.

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