Would You Tell Police About Your Home Security Cameras?

An East Bay police department is asking for residents to register their cameras to help fight crime.

The San Ramon Police Department is asking residents with home security cameras to register in a new program called the “The Citizen’s View.” Residents in San Ramon with security cameras can register with the police department.

The police department said in a statement, "police will not have access to the footage but will be aware that a camera exists when investigating a crime in or around their neighborhood. If a crime occurs in their vicinity or adjoining neighborhoods, the police may, if necessary, contact them and request a copy of their footage for evidence or investigative leads. The residents or business may have unknowingly recorded the crime, possible suspects or an escape route the criminals used."

San Ramon police hope the security camera registry will give investigators another tool to fight crime.

Would you tell police about your home security cameras? Tell us in the comments section below.

margot bray January 24, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Great idea "Son of California" I already pay homeowner taxes. I would be happy to become an "eye in the sky" and get paid for it or give a discount on my taxes. This way I'm working from home.
Ollie Sansen January 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Why have cameras if you don't want to share the 'evidence' with the police? What if your camera catches the crime suspect next door but the police don't know the camera exists (Dive Turn Work), because its hidden from general and/or pubic view? They aren't releasing the list to the public. They are just making note to try and solve future crimes to keep your community safe. Yep, I have cameras. Yep, the police can have access to it. That was the point!
Jessica Venne April 08, 2013 at 11:30 AM
I would definitely do when I will see some kind of intrusion. Security cameras are meant for this purpose. They help us to call 911 if we suspect any danger.
Jojo Potato April 08, 2013 at 04:41 PM
They don't need to register cameras, if there is a crime, they can simply ask "Do you have any security cameras?". We don't need the police knowing everything about us, how about we just cooperate when needed? And be left alone otherwise.
Brian O'Connor April 09, 2013 at 07:58 AM
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