UF Implements License Plate Recognition Technology to Bolster Campus Security
The University of Florida today announced the implementation of license plate readers as part of the Security and Safety Plan that aims to standardize and enhance security across campus.
License plate readers, known as LPRs, are cameras that quickly and efficiently capture vehicle tag numbers, which are then run through national and state systems that flag stolen or wanted vehicles; search for license or tag expirations or suspensions; or alert for individuals with criminal investigative interest. LPRs will be strategically placed at key locations near and around campus.
“The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff are the utmost priority to the University of Florida,” said Joseph M. Souza, UF’s Physical Security Director. “This technology will enable us to prevent crimes from occurring, solve crimes and more effectively follow up on any suspicious activity,”
UFPD is also using the LPR system to partner with the Gainesville Police Department and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office that is currently using the technology to share information to solve crimes, locate missing persons, and enhance other law enforcement purposes.
“The LPRs being installed by the university will tremendously affect GPD’s capacity to protect our community. GPD is pleased with the collaboration with UF on this initiative and will be adding LPRs of its own very soon to enhance the coordination between us,” added Captain Mike Schentrup, GPD.
LPRs are becoming a commonplace security tool for universities, ports, airports and law enforcement agencies across the country.
In June 2019, UF’s Board of Trustees approved a plan for safety and security enhancements on campus. Improvements include creating a Campus Safe Walk with enhanced lighting, electronic access control on all buildings, improving security video storage capability, and expanding the UF Alert program.
UFPD’s use of LPRs is in accordance with guidelines from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.