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Springfield considers license plate reader cameras to solve crimes
An Illinois license plate (WICS File Photo)

The City of Springfield is considering installing license plate readers.

The little cameras would sit on top of streetlights, facing the road.

The city says this could help in lowering gun violence.

The license plate pictures can help police collect evidence and connect crimes together.

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Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder says this technology is the next step in keeping the community safe.

He says an ordinance to purchase these cameras is coming soon.

"They take a snapshot of cars going by and hopefully get a license plate if need be that would be timestamped in areas, so that's one area that we're looking at," Langfelder said.

Springfield isn't the only city making the move; Decatur already approved 60 of these cameras.

At this point, the City of Springfield doesn't know how many cameras they would need, so they can't estimate a cost.

They're currently in contract negotiations with the camera company.

The Illinois State Police also received a grant to purchase these cameras to help solve highway shootings.

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