Brooklyn Center Police Launch Program to Register Security Cameras
Residents and business owners in Brooklyn Center with outdoor security cameras now have an easy way to share that footage with police should the need arise.
This month, the Brooklyn Center Police Department launched a program that allows people to register their security cameras with the department.
“We can’t do it alone,” said Dan Jerzak, a crime prevention specialist with the Brooklyn Center Police Department. “The more eyes that we have, the better chance we have of, for example, identifying suspects, getting a license plate.”
The way the program would work is, if someone commits a crime, investigators can look in their database to see who has security cameras in the area.
Police could then contact the residents or business owners who have registered their cameras to see if they captured any relevant footage they would be willing to share.
Meanwhile, police say the move was done in response to the uptick in carjacking incidents across the metro.
“It’s a voluntary opt-in and opt-out basis,” Jerzak said. “And probably more importantly is, put yourself in this position. If it was your vehicle or your family member or you that were a victim of a crime, wouldn’t you want that information to be made available if it helped in the apprehension and ultimate prosecution of that individual or individuals?”
For a link on how to register your camera, you can go to the Brooklyn Center website.
Registration is voluntary, and people or businesses can remove themselves from the list at any time.