The city of Mission Hills on Monday agreed to install more than license plate readers at more than a dozen intersections within its boundaries, at a cost of more than $230,000.
License plate readers are insalled in other cities throughout Johnson County and are used by law enforcement agencies throughout the Kansas City metro as part of a collective database.
This summer, Mission Hills approved the installation of its first license plate reader at 63rd Street and Mission Road.
A second reader had already been approved for Tomahawk and Mission roads prior to Monday’s meeting, according to city documents.
Prairie Village Capt. Ivan Washington told the governing body that one goal of installing license plate readers is to to help law enforcement solve crimes. (Prairie Village Police oversee enforcement in Mission Hills, too.)
He also says readers may have a deterrent effect, too.
“Ideally, the word gets out that Mission Hills has invested in infrastructure and cameras and LPRs, and is probably not safe or easy to come here and do illegal activities,” Washington said. “If we can catch them coming in or going out, either way, if we can get a vehicle description, license plate, a person description, that helps push forward with the investigation.”
The police department put together a prioritized list — with four levels of importance— for intersections inside the city, as well as at city boundaries.
The city council unanimously approved moving forward with installations at the first- and second-level priority intersections, both inside the city and at its borders.
Below are the first priority intersections that are up next for getting license plate reader installations, as outlined in city documents:
- 70th Terrace and Belinder Avenue, at the north, south and east intersections.
- 67th Street and State Line Road
- 59th Street and State Line Road
- Mission Drive and State Line Road
- 63rd Street and Mission Road
- 69th Street and State Line Road
- Belinder Circle (which feeds into several side streets, Washington said)
- Brookbank Lane and Mission Drive
After those are completed, the city will put more readers at the following intersections, which are listed as second priority:
- Tomahawk and State Line roads
- 55th Street and State Line Road
- 63rd Street and Indian Lane
- 56th Street and High Drive, at the roundabout
The city also plans to install cameras only at the intersections of 67th Street and Tomahawk Road; Mission Drive and Indian Lane; and at Verona Columns.