Criminals using the roads in Staffordshire will soon have nowhere to hide after the police were granted #300,000 of Home Office cash to enhance their traffic camera systems.
The money will be used to upgrade current automatic number plate recognition systems used by the force's Road Crime Team to catch criminals and improve road safety across the county.
Part of the funding will also be spent in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, extending the ANPR coverage to around 130 CCTV cameras in the city.
Inspector Vera Bloor, from the Road Crime Team, said she saw the recognition system as a vital aid in tackling the county's crime.
"ANPR offers a highly visible and effective form of policing," she said. "It has already proved a great success in Staffordshire in disrupting criminal activity and catching serious offenders, including those involved in burglary and drug crime."
ANPR cameras scan the registration numbers of thousands of vehicles in the county each day. Number plates can then be matched on databases, including the Police National Computer and the Staffordshire Police Intelligence Network, which contain details of around 15 million vehicles.
Last year, ANPR enabled Staffordshire Road Crime Team officers to make 323 arrests, simultaneously recovering #180,000 of stolen property and #2,020 worth of drugs.
It is hoped that the enhanced capability of the system that will be provided by the new funding will assist the police in their endeavour to remain one step ahead of offenders.