Houston’s West University police hope $4.5M license plate readers deter crime

The West University Police Department hopes the city’s Virtual Gate will help deter criminals from entering the city limits and reduce the strain on the department.

The $4.5 million project, which was approved in 2019, installs license plate readers in several intersections across the city. The cameras are supposed to capture images of each passing car’s license plate and notify the police department if any of the cars are reported stolen, is the vehicle of a missing person or qualifies as anything else the reader determines as a “hit”.