CLEVELAND, Ohio — Police in five Northeast Ohio counties will soon have surveillance equipment that can scan thousands of license plates in minutes, alerting officers to vehicles linked to crimes and unpaid fines.

By the end of August, 42 fixed and mobile units will be deployed in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. The total cost to buy and install the equipment is $580,260. It was paid for primarily with federal stimulus and Homeland Security money and an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.