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The plates are compared with a database of stolen cars, those linked to crimes or terrorism suspects. The system "read" 37 million cars and got 91,000 hits, leading to 550 arrests last year alone.
A team of five NYPD experts visited London in September to get an inside look at how the system works.
There are obvious similarities between the two financial districts -- both are about a square mile in area and lure about 300,000 daily commuters to a maze of narrow streets. The vast majority of people arrive and leave on subway trains.
There are differences, too.
New York is unlikely to narrow its already traffic-challenged streets to re-create the London-style chokepoints. And unlike the City of London, New York has no separate police force for the Financial District.
If any plan is put in place for Wall Street, officials here would also likely hope to protect midtown Manhattan, considered a top terror target.
By Alison Gendar and Dave Goldiner
<<New York Daily News (KRT) -- 01/27/06>>