BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Mayor Michael Venezia and Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio announced a new collaboration between police and citizens to solve crimes. The program is being called ‘Neighborhood Watch 2.0.'
The voluntary program will compile a list of residential and commercially based surveillance cameras in the township. The objective is to assist police gather information about crimes using private security footage in their investigations. At present, police investigating crimes ask businesses and residents if they have video cameras on their property, the new program will compile a list of cameras allowing police to go directly to the location of the camera shortly after an investigation begins. This is expected to expedite investigations and reduce the amount of time officers spend going door to door seeking footage.
“Many home security systems are installed with outside-facing cameras that often can produce valuable evidence in criminal cases,” said Mayor Venezia. “The footage on these cameras is the property of their owner, and we are confident that residents will volunteer to share their security footage with Bloomfield Police Detectives if it helps solve and stop crimes in their neighborhoods.”
“Neighborhood Watch 2.0 is a modern take on civilian neighborhood policing,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “We think residents and business owners will be eager to help build a database of locations that may capture footage of crimes. More police access to surveillance cameras will lead to quicker arrests and could allow us to further reduce crime in Bloomfield.”
The Bloomfield Police Department has shared flyers about this new program, which asks residents and businesses to volunteer information about the range and placement of their home security system cameras. Footage from registered surveillance cameras can be instrumental in catching criminals.
As outlined by Neighborhood Watch 2.0, if a crime is committed near where a registered surveillance camera is placed, a Bloomfield Police Detective will ask the home or business owner for access to that camera’s footage, which residents may legally refuse. Registration of a surveillance camera does not give anyone access to the owner’s private video footage without their consent.