Police have been using a van parked on the A43 between Northampton and Kettering to help them target criminals on the road.
An automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) van has been parked up in a layby on the A43 near the roundabout for Holcot and Sywell for nearly two weeks.
A spokesman for Northants Police said while it has not been positioned there for one specific reason, it is being used as part of the force’s ongoing efforts to detect various crimes, including locating stolen vehicles, tackling uninsured vehicle use and uncovering cases of major crime.
The spokesman said the A43 is a busy through route and is one of the main link roads in the county.
With a high volume of traffic using it each day, the van may spot something which could prove vital as part of an investigation.
As a vehicle passes an ANPR camera, its registration number is read and instantly checked against database records of vehicles of interest.
Police officers can intercept and stop a vehicle, check it for evidence and, where necessary, make arrests.
ANPR technology is used within the county to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality at local, force, regional and national level.
It is also used to help locate missing people.
ANPR enables police to target criminals through their use of the roads.
It is hoped that it not only helps police to be better equipped to enforce the law, prevent crime and detect offenders, but also increase casualty reduction by removing unsafe vehicles and drivers from the roads.