Maj. Hobbs updates the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods on public safety issues.
Maj. Hobbs updates the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods on public safety issues.

If you’ve stolen a car, have an expired tag or no insurance, new tag reader technology installed in some Atlanta Police patrol cars will know immediately. Zone 2 Commander Van Hobbs told the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods at its Aug. 14 meeting that the tag readers were operational and in use in the community.

Hobbs said the camera technology constantly scans motor vehicle licenses plates on the streets. If the car is reported stolen or has a violation, the patrolman behind the wheel is alerted instantly. Hobbs said similar tag readers have been installed in Buckhead Atlanta’s parking areas and will soon be at Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square malls.

In other public safety news, Hobbs also reminded Buckhead residents to remove items from view from their parked cars, to not leave keys in parked cars or leave cars running for quick stops like to pay for gas. “While violent crime is down overall in Zone 2, we’ve seen an increase in car burglaries,” Hobbs said.

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