Surveillance robots in one Colorado town are identifying so many stolen cars that police can’t keep up

By Matt Connelly

Towns across Colorado are installing robots to track their own citizens movements whether they are suspected of a crime, or totally innocent Coloradans going about their daily business. 

Lafayette, Colorado recently announced they will start using solar powered robots to track their citizens’ movements and the town of Pueblo, Colorado also recently purchased robots to track its own citizens via their license plates.

The town of Lakewood, Colorado previously installed these tracking technologies, but CBS Colorado reports that the robots are identifying so many stolen cars that their understaffed police department simply can’t keep up. 

To recap: Colorado towns are using robots to track the movements of innocent Coloradans to catch criminals, but don’t have the manpower to actually arrest any criminals they identify. So they are effectively spending millions of dollars to track and store data on innocent Coloradans without achieving any of their stated law enforcement goals. 

CBS Colorado reports on the surveillance robots in Lakewood, Colorado:

“We don’t have the personnel to go to try to find those cars or if we do, we are so far behind we don’t know where that vehicle is now,” said Greenwell.

He told CBS News Colorado that in the most recent quarter on record, from July to September, the LPR cameras scanned two million vehicles and detected 500 stolen cars.

Greenwell said the system is best utilized by having officers within a block or two. Then when they are notified of a stolen vehicle, they can immediately follow it and potentially try to stop it. But not anymore.

“500 stolen cars we were not able to go after because Denver or Lakewood doesn’t have the personnel to do that right now,” said Greenwell.

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Matt Connelly is the founder of Campfire Colorado. Follow him on Twitter @MattConnelly.