The Murrieta Police Department is asking local residents and business owners who have security camera systems to join a registry that will allow officers to quickly track down anyone who may have footage in the event of a crime.
The department put out a post on Facebook advertising the new registry, which they emphasized was voluntary, Friday, Jan. 31.
“We do not want control or access to your cameras, just a contact list that we can refer to as needed,” the post said.
Since then, “hundreds” of Murrieta residents have signed up for the program, according to Murrieta police Sgt. Jeremy Durrant.
He said the police department has already found security camera footage invaluable in solving cases, but currently, there’s no streamlined way to find that footage.
“When we get crimes out in the public, on the streets and at businesses, we have to manually go and drive around and look at the building and see if there’s cameras on it,” he said.
Having a registration program will make the process much easier, Durrant said.
He said the idea came from police departments on the east coast and midwest that have already implemented similar programs but, to his knowledge, Murrieta is the first police department to start a security camera registration program in the local area.
Any personal information collected for the program will be kept confidential and for internal use only, the department said.
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