Program aims to connect police with home, business security cameras

Program aims to connect police with home, business security cameras

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office launched a new program Friday aiming to connect police with business owners and residents who own security cameras, so that when crime happens police know who might have captured video of it.

Deputy Joe LeBreck said those who own security cameras may not always know that their cameras recorded a crime and law enforcement agencies don’t always know who has the cameras.

The CAPTURE, or Community and Police Team Up to Record Evidence, program would allow homeowners and businesses to register their cameras with police, so that if a crime occurs police can ask them for the footage, LeBreck said.

“If we had a burglary at a residence that doesn’t have security footage, we’d be able to look on our mapping system that would tell us which residents nearby would have the footage available to us,” LeBreck said.

LeBreck said all of the information would remain confidential and that police would not have direct access to any private camera system. Instead the program creates a database of names and contact information for residents who do own cameras.

LeBreck hopes it can speed up crime investigation processes, where previously officers could only go door-to-door to look for information.

Adams County resident Jarret Kitchen said although it’s a “needle in a haystack situation” — that the camera footage may or may not show a suspect — he thinks the program is a good idea. “Anything to get the person off the street and make the community safer, I think is a good idea,” Kitchen said.

Anyone who would like to register their security system can do so for free on the department’s website .