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UPPD Community Camera Program

October 3, 2017
 

UPPD's COMMUNITY CAMERA PROGRAM

Do you currently utilize private video surveillance at your home or business? If you do, UPPD would like to hear from you. 

Surveillance Camera

Video surveillance is one of the best methods for apprehending criminals and convicting suspects who are caught in the act of committing a crime. Installing video surveillance is a great example of community-police partnerships and is something UPPD values highly.


How Does it Work?

The Community Camera Program allows residents and business owners to register locations and capabilities of their security camera systems with the University Park Police Department. Using this information, when a crime occurs, UPPD will know the locations of nearby video cameras and be able to contact residents to determine if their cameras captured any video evidence. 

What are the Benefits of Registering your Camera System?

Because they are caught in the act of committing the crime, video surveillance is one of the best methods to catch suspects and convict them.  As crimes occur nearby, many residents and business owners are unaware that their camera systems may have captured information that could help solve a  crime.  Likewise, police are not always aware of who may have potentially vital video evidence.  By registering your camera system, officers can quickly identify nearby cameras that may have captured criminal activity. After registering your camera system, you will only be contacted by UPPD if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your security camera system and police personnel believe viewing your video footage will assist in the investigation.  At no time will UPPD have remote access to your camera system.   

Registration

If you would like to register your security camera system and allow officers to contact you should a crime occur in or near where your cameras are installed, please fill out the online form here:

Register Your Camera Here

The information you provide regarding your camera system will be for official use only. Your personal information will remain confidential and not be distributed except as required by law or court order.  This program is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw consent to view video footage from your camera system at any time.