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Posted on: September 19, 2018

License Plate Readers have been installed on one of areas busiest traffic exchanges thanks to joint

Route 50

License Plate Readers (LPR) installation began Monday evening, September 18th on U.S. Route 50 for inbound and outbound vehicles from Interstate 79.  This will have coverage on all main thorough ways through the county.

The License Plate Reader mission is to provide Harrison County citizens protection through the detection and swift apprehension of auto thieves, drug dealers, terror suspects, violent felons and other criminals.  Real time alerts are sent and the information gathered will be readily available to any law enforcement operating in the area. All LPR reads are sent to West Virginia Fusion center for analysis and queries as needed.

The License Plate Readers will be an excellent tool to disrupt criminal activities within the area.

Sheriff Robert Matheny stated, “If there is a stolen plate or a stolen vehicle entered into the system, it will alert law enforcement when that plate passes through the reader.  There are also investigative tools, such as historical information.  If we are trying to see if a suspect in a crime went through that area in a vehicle, we can research that.”  Matheny continued, “If we have intel that a vehicle is doing a drug run from Pennsylvania or Maryland, we can put that number in and if that vehicle passes by one of the license plate readers, it will alert us.”

A total of 13 cameras will be installed.  A homeland security grant was obtained for the majority of the funding.  The City of Clarksburg and City of Bridgeport are providing in-kind support. 

Clarksburg Police Department Chief Robbie Hilliard stated, “The License Plate Readers are another tool that will assist our local law enforcement in ensuring the safety of Harrison County and City residents. Officers will be able to receive real time alerts on the computer systems in their vehicles. This will help with amber alerts, silver alerts, drug apprehensions and much more.  The intel is invaluable.”  

Bridgeport Police Chief John Walker echoed, “LPR’s are a valuable tool for law enforcement officers.  With this equipment we can better track suspects and wanted people coming into our area, making for a safer community.  We feel very fortunate to have this resource available to us.”

City Manager Martin Howe stated, “We are very pleased with the partnership that allows for all Law Enforcement to assist in decreasing crime, these new LPR's will greatly assist all law enforcement in doing so.”

The City believes license plate readers are necessary for the protection of its citizens through the detection and apprehension of criminals.  The readers will enhance law enforcement’s ability to investigate and enforce the law with the data collected.


story by Dominique Spatafore | City of Clarksburg

photo by Charles Young | Clarksburg Exponent


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