The San Ramon Police Department is asking citizens 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 are hoping the security camera registry will give investigators another tool to fight crime.
Patch wants to know what you think about the registry. Would you take part in a registry if it was offered by your local police department?
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