HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The license plate reading cameras are hidden in Hendersonville, and that's by design. 

Police have six strategically placed throughout the city that can tell police what cars have been where and when and whether they're stolen.

"We can also look for people who are missing, missing person cases, shoplifting, people who have warrants. It also tells us if people are part of a gang or on a terrorist list," said Detective Wayne Clifford.

Investigators said they've been catching crooks left and right as soon as they cross into the city.

Among them, several kids who have stolen cars out of Nashville and an alleged drive-by shooter.

"This has been a blessing for a lot of cases and not just for us we actually assist other agencies," said Clifford.

The cameras have been so effective, Hendersonville now plans to purchase 13 more.

They're also encouraging other cities to do the same.

Nashville can’t add the license plate-reading cameras after passing an ordinance in 2017 outlawing them.

The councilman who pushed for that law change cited privacy and hacking concerns.

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Carley Gordon joined the News4 team as a reporter in 2009. Carley currently covers the crime beat around Middle Tennessee.

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