Skip to comments.San Ramon's Newest Crime Fighting Tool (Voluntary Registration of Surveillance Cameras)
Posted on 01/27/2013 12:42:49 PM PST by nickcarraway
Homes and businesses voluntarily register their surveillance cameras
Thinking outside the box one East Bay police force has unveiled a brand new crime-fighting tool to not only track down thieves, but in hopes it will prevent crime altogether.
The San Ramon Police Department announced Citizens View, a new program that asks both home and business owners to voluntarily register their private security cameras so that anytime a crime happens, officers know if there may be some extra footage or evidence to help find suspects.
Its a welcome idea for San Ramon moms like Kristin Swiers and Cindy Friederichs, who are also neighbors.
We recently installed security cameras around the house for that reason because weve heard a lot of break-ins happening, explained Swiers. Friederichs added,
The cameras arent so out of the scheme of things anymore. Its not just for big businesses. Its for everybody, too.
On a different street, Roger Gary voiced just a bit of concern about the plan. Guess theres a certain feeling of a Big Brother invasion of privacy.
But his fears subsided after he learned police would not have access to the footage unless the owner willingly hands it over.
The idea is to also promote the idea that there are more eyes out there for would-be thieves, specifically.
According to a U.S. Department of Justice study of the Baltimore area, when cameras were installed, theft of personal property went down 25-percent in four months.
After six months, violent crimes were cut down by 23-percent. Some San Ramon residents like Friederichs are hoping will be reflected in their nice, quiet neighborhoods, which have become targeted for break-ins far too frequently for their comfort.
The more eyes we have, the better. Its to keep San Ramon safe.
Yep. That ought to do it. If only somebody had thought of this earlier, Lincoln would still be alive!!!
It used to be that small towns didn’t need cameras like this: everyone was watching everyone else.
You either find that comforting or run off to the Big City.