Please provide your evidence of "all the lives it saves and crime it clears up" for the large fixed network of ANPR cameras. You should demonstrate why it requires journey data to be stored for 5 years. There must be a significant number of serious crimes to warrant the intrusion into privacy.
Now I'm aware that the mobile ANPR units do arrest many people for various mostly minor offences. They are entirely different. They have some police to actually do the arresting and, unlike the fixed cameras, you can't learn their locations and avoid them.
Well theft is not minor nor is driving un-insured. What are these 'minor' offences?
When a serial killer is pinpointed earlier, as they are by elimination, lives are saved. So too terrorists. When a serial rapist is curtailed earlier less get raped. Doh! It aint rocket science. How many? Silly question. When something is prevented it hasn't happened has it so it cannot be counted. Don't tell me NO2ID is working on that type of logic?
But you miss the point. I know the odd minority will never accept simple truths but a forum is to inform those who are open to new views and facts.
So, for them, I point out that ANPR does not 'track/spy on people or keep records of people for 5 years either.
The preoccupation with equipment is at the expense of fighting the policies and schemes where it is 'misused'. I fight against 'speeding' for example. I am not focusing on the various gadgets used by the authorities for 'speeders' but the false and dishonest policy. What strange logic to attack kit? Still no-one explains why not attack the lens, glass, the microchip from the same logic?