More than 100 license plate reader cameras are to be installed in Southwest Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Over the next few weeks, more than 100 license plate reading cameras are scheduled to go live in Houston’s J District, according to Councilor Edward Pollard, who represents the district.

According to Pollard, the cameras are part of an effort to combat the rise in crime.

In February, as city officials unveiled the One Safe Houston crime-fighting plan, HPD chief Troy Finner said they were focused on implementing more technology like license plate readers and traffic cameras around the city to track down wanted criminals.

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HPD said these cameras will be strategically placed where crime is high on streets and intersections around District J.

Pollard said he is giving HPD more than $100,000 from his Council District Service Fund so they can buy the cameras. Several counties made up of property owners are also contributing money to fund the camera system.

The cameras take pictures showing the make, model, color and number plate of all passing vehicles. If the vehicle is reported to be involved in a crime, HPD will receive an immediate alert and can track the vehicle. The cameras cannot record video or live stream.

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“We really want people to understand that we’re tough on crime in District J. We want all criminals to be aware that as you drive through District J, all eyes will be on you,” Pollard said.
HPD deputy chief Yasar Bashir said he believes these cameras would be a great tool in fighting crime in the region and said he’s seen how helpful they can be.

“I particularly remember one gang shooting incident where we were able to identify these individuals on the same day, obtained warrants and arrested them within days. That’s how fast these types of cameras can help us fight this violent crime,” Bashir said.

So far in 2022, two MPs have been killed in District J.

Harris County Precinct 5 deputy constable Charles Galloway was killed in Beechnut’s 9100 block in January, and last month San Jacinto Precinct 1 deputy constable Neil Adams was killed at the PlazAmericas Mall in Sharpstown.

ABC13 asked Pollard if the deaths of those police officers had anything to do with adding those cameras. Pollard said it was something they were planning to do before these tragedies happened. However, they motivated him to speed up the process to get the cameras working.

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