Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) is used to detect, deter and disrupt criminality at a local, regional and national level, including tackling traveling criminals, organised crime groups and terrorists.

ANPR data is used across the country to help with enquiries and provide evidence in criminal investigations.

As a vehicle passes an ANPR camera, its registration number is read and checked against a database of vehicles of interest. Our officers can then use this information to stop the vehicle, check it for evidence and, where necessary, make arrests. The use of ANPR in this way is vital in the detection of serious crimes as well as locating stolen vehicles and tackling uninsured vehicles. It also allows officers to focus on offending vehicles rather than law-abiding drivers.

Below are just some of the questions we are commonly asked about ANPR

How is ANPR data accessed?

What are the locations of cameras?

Who is your data controller?

Can you tell me the locations of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras under the Freedom of Information Act?

How many ANPR reads are recorded on average in Wiltshire?

How long is ANPR data stored for?

Is there a Code of Practice or national standards that ANPR follows?

Does ANPR infringe my Human Rights?

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