DeKALB – The DeKalb Police Department is requesting the community’s help and invites residents to sign up for a voluntary program that would allow police approved access to camera footage from homes and businesses to aid department investigations.
According to a news release, access to security camera footage helps detectives solve cases more quickly, and the program offers two ways: Register your business or home surveillance system with the department or share camera footage through the Neighbors by Ring app.
The camera registration program allows residents and business owners to register the location of their video surveillance system with the department, the release states. When a crime occurs, members of the department will be able to quickly identify the locations of nearby cameras and enlist the assistance of the community to help officers and investigators collect video evidence to follow up on leads. It also will give the department the ability to directly contact members of the program who are using video surveillance in an area where a crime has occurred.
This registration is voluntary and there is no cost associated with registration, the release states. Registering your camera does not provide the department with direct access to the cameras and users may request to be removed at any time. For information and to register, residents can visit the Voluntary Camera Registration Program landing page.
For those wishing to use the Neighbors by Ring App, you do not need Ring devices to participate. Anyone with any camera system can upload content to the Neighbors App, the release states. To download, residents can text “join today” to 555888. The department will also periodically post updates to the page similar to posts on the department’s social media accounts.
During investigations, the department will reach out to those who have registered through the survey or have downloaded the Neighbors app to request any video from the area.