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Being Paid To Be a License Plate Surveillance Camera Snitch – Would You Do it?

Are License plate readers on a private car doing the cop's job
Are License plate readers on a private car doing the cop's job
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Being a snitch has such a negative impression for the vast majority of Americans. It’s like being a tattle tale on school but with far more serious connotations when it comes to criminal matters. But would you be a license plate surveillance snitch if you were paid to do it? Well according to the Blaze it is possible to earn between $200 and $400, “each time a camera mounted on your car registered a repossessed or stolen car. Is your interest peaked now?

Car repossession companies across the nation are using every day Americans to place surveillance cameras on their cars and other vehicles in the hopes that the mounted camera will pick up the vehicle they are searching for. Well, it is not as random as one might think though, because there are certain “sweet spots” where these spotters utilize to pick up the license plates.

So in effect, you can take a breath if you feel a moral tinge about snitching on the innocent or otherwise criminally inclined. It is more like being extra eyes for the repossession companies that use mounted automatic license plate readers to take pictures of every car that it passes within a certain geographic location.

Manny Sousa who is a “spotter” searches out shopping plazas and even apartment complexes, which he considers the “sweet spots”, to take photos of license plates. In Texas alone over 8,000 license plate images are added to the database operated by the Fort Worth Texas-based Digital Recognition Network, according to the Blaze.

The information gathered by the license plate surveillance cameras can actually be very valuable to not only car repossession companies but to insurance firms as well as private detective companies that are interested in determining where a person might be or headed to. Can anyone say NSA?

Is it possible that this type of license plate data collection operation can get out of hand? Some legislatures are seriously examining just how far this type of “snitch patrolling” can go. Blaze has reported that a legislative committee in Boston held a hearing on the matter recently that would, “ban most uses of license plate readers, including the vehicle repossession business.”

But it remains a thriving and growing business which generates big dividends for companies that utilize the “snitch patrol cameras, like in Long Beach, California. Two of these surveillance equipped cars have netted $200k in impound and delinquent fines being recovered. When the number of “snitch patrol” cars doubled to four, 50 arrests were made over a half-year and 275 stolen vehicles were found and recovered.

Take a bite out of crime and join the camera snitch patrol …well maybe.

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