Smile, you’re on camera: Keeping the island safer

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — If you thought it was safe at the Island, city officials will try to make it safer with a license plate scanner aimed to stop major criminal activity.

Police Chief Randy Smith said the cameras will help identify stolen vehicles, wanted and missing people and major criminal investigations.

There will be two cameras that will catch dual lanes coming in and leaving the Island.

“We’re hoping to have the cameras operational within a month or two,” Smith said. “Ideally we would like to have them here for spring break.”

The camera data will be stored at the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking South Texas Partnership Houston office.

Chief Smith said the Island police will have to request information from the HIDTA agency.

They have the ability to store large amounts of data and will serve as a checks and balances preventing information from being manipulated.

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