This is a story from KXXV TV in central Texas were Belton police are asking local residents to Register Surveillance Cameras to help prevent and solve crimes.
It is called the Video Partner Program and it will create a database to help detectives locate video cameras when investigating leads.
“Often times, police already know if there are surveillance cameras in an area with commercial buildings. This program will give them that same access in neighborhoods.”
One of the first things that law enforcement does in solving a crime in a commercial area is seek footage from surveillance cameras of businesses nearby. This just takes that program one step further into private citizen’s homes and neighborhoods. The footage may give them video of a suspect’s car or the suspect himself.
This will not give police directs access to the cameras, they will still have to ask homeowners for footage
It is just another way for citizens to get involved fighting crime.
Several police departments across the country have been very proactive about using technology. This is just another example of law enforcement agencies partnering with community members to use technology to deter crime.
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