Some time ago, Council requested that a registration program for the general public with surveillance cameras at their businesses and residences be looked at. This is informational only. No Council action is required.
With the increase in property crimes (burglaries, thefts, vandalism's, etc.) more people in the community are putting up surveillance cameras at their residences and places of business. Those systems have been instrumental in identifying suspects and leads in investigations for the Police Department. At the same time, some have been worried about retaliation due to their assisting the Police Department.
With the assistance of the City's Public Works and Utilities Coordinator, a registration form was created which will allow the general public to register their surveillance systems through the following website:
This information will be entered into the Police Departments database and used if crimes occur in those areas. This, in most cases, will allow officers to contact the owners of these systems via telephone or email, rather than going to their houses to help keep those who wish to remain anonymous but still want to help.
V. FISCAL IMPACT:
No fiscal impact to the City.