The number plate details of every car using the A28 and A50 motorways around Zwolle are being recorded and kept by local police to use in crime prevention, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.
The paper says the details are being kept for three days and can be used to trace suspects’ cars. It says police believe storing details will be an important weapon in reducing ‘mobile banditry’, where criminals come from another part of the country to commit a crime and then leave.
The legality of the police action is still being looked at by the home affairs and justice ministries, the paper says.
But IJsselland police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg tells the Volkskrant he does not believe the measure contravenes privacy laws.
Photographing number plates is no different to camera surveillance on shopping streets and in business parks, he says.
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