Vancouver police launch private camera registry

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department is launching a program for city residents and business owners to register information about their surveillance systems in an effort to hasten criminal investigations.The police department announced the launch of its Community Camera Registration Program in a Tuesday news release.“Through this registration program, officers conducting investigations can quickly identify cameras that may have captured criminal activity for the cases they are working,” the police department said.People who choose to participate in the program would share details such as their location and the capabilities of their privately owned camera systems. They would be contacted by officers about video only if there was a crime near a camera registered with the program.The registration form for the program asks for several details, including when the system records, how long recordings are stored and what a camera’s field of view covers.“Video footage is extremely helpful in locating information about vehicles, people, timelines etc., when we are investigating crimes. The process, however, is slow as the officer has to drive or walk around an area looking for possible cameras and then attempt to contact the owner,” department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said in an email.last_img