SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The village's Police Department is turning to residents and business owners who have security cameras for help in solving crimes.
The department has created a Voluntary Security Camera Registration Program, according to Sgt. Adrian Acevedo, which could help police solve crimes including robberies and burglaries, among other crimes faster and more efficiently.
Under the program, residents and business owners would provide police with their security camera footage, including security systems on their doorbells during criminal investigations. The video could potentially help police identify a suspect.
"This will enable us to respond quickly to the location of the cameras and work with the owner to possibly recover evidence of a crime or the identity of a potential suspect," said Acevedo in a press release about the program.
Any resident and business owner with video surveillance, including surveillance in their doorbells, can sign up for the program. Acevedo said the program is voluntary and that the information gathered through it will only be used for official police purposes.
"The is not a request to have open access to your system, it's merely a way for us to know who or where to turn to if needed," said Acevedo in the press release.
People can register to join the program by visiting http://nj-southorange.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/1820/Camera-Registration-Form
The registration form will ask people for their contact information and for basic information about he location and recording of their cameras. An electronic version of the registration form is available and includes fields for additional details.
Registration is free and people's contact information will be kept confidential.
People can unsubscribe from the program at any time.
People who are registering cameras for more than one location should submit separate forms for each location.