System and method for preventing auto thefts from parking areas

  • US 5,638,302 A
  • Filed: 02/26/1996
  • Issued: 06/10/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/01/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method of preventing theft of vehicles from a vehicle parking area having an entrance and an exit, the method comprising:

  • (a) at the entrance, automatically measuring a color of the vehicle as it enters the parking area;

    (b) machine dispensing a ticket to the driver of a vehicle at the entrance;

    (c) machine recording data representing the measured color in association with the data representing an identification of the dispensed ticket;

    (d) at the exit, machine reading the ticket and deriving therefrom the data representing the measured color of the vehicle associated with the ticket;

    (e) automatically measuring a color of the vehicle at the exit of the parking area;

    (f) automatically, in a computer system, comparing the color measured in (e), as the vehicle is at the exit of the parking area, with the color obtained in (d) derived from reading the ticket; and

    (g) in the event of a mismatch, generating a warning signal.

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