Chicago police expand crackdown on stolen vehicles

CHICAGO - Chicago police expand their crackdown on stolen vehicles.

Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced on Tuesday morning the addition of 200 more License Plate Readers.

The LPR's help officers quickly identify and recover stolen vehicles by matching license plates against the list of stolen cars.

The extra LPR's will be rolled out over the next four months.

Until now, there were only 44 in the city.

By the end of April, every police district will have at least six LPR's.

The LPR's contribute to the City’s larger strategy, which has reduced carjackings by 18 percent, and increased arrest by 31 percent since last year.