It happens everywhere. Packages are taken off of porches, parked vehicles get hit, and criminals knock on a neighbor’s door to see if they are home. Criminals have always been opportunists—looking for easy ways to burglarize. Knowing this, the Windsor Police Department wants to work with its community to make it harder for criminals to succeed by launching the Secure Streets video share program. By crowdsourcing information about property owners’ video devices, Windsor Police hope to create a database that allows them to quickly contact property owners for video footage that can potentially help identify, apprehend and prosecute criminals.
Program Participation is Easy and Secure
The Secure Streets program works on a voluntary basis. Property owners who have private video security systems that record public areas such as streets, sidewalks or parking lots register their cameras with the department then officers who respond to burglaries, assaults, and other crimes will be able to see a secure map of nearby locations with cameras so they can quickly contact the registered volunteer that may have recorded footage.
The program is not intended for active or live feed surveillance or for monitoring residents in neighborhoods. It also does not allow officers remote or direct access to private video systems. It takes the owner’s expressed permission and cooperation to view, download, or copy any recorded incident.
Volunteering to Participate in the Secure Streets Program is Simple
Participation in the Secure Streets program is completely voluntary. Registration is as simple as filling out the online Secure Streets Program Registration Form. The form asks for minimal personal information such as the location and number of cameras that may be recording information. Details are kept confidential and in a secure database that is only accessible by authorized staff.
Police personnel will only ask to view footage relating to a specific criminal act for use as evidence to aid in on-going investigations and property owners can unsubscribe at any time.
“We know that the use of video monitoring devices is on the rise,” says Police Chief Rick Klimek. “Our goal is to tap into this resource as a way to deter and solve crime and we’re asking residents to help. Hopefully we’ll have so much participation that criminals will find it hard to commit crimes in Windsor.”
To register participation in the Secure Streets program, visit windsorpd.com/secure. To ask questions about the program, call the Windsor Police Department at 970-674-6400.