Morris Township police ask residents to register their security cameras, to aid crime investigations

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By Kevin Coughlin

Morris Township police are asking residents and merchants to share their technology to improve public safety.

Morris Township police logoBy registering their security cameras with police, business owners and residents will enable officers to solve burglaries and other crimes more swiftly, police Capt. Mark DiCarlo said on Monday.

Police will know who has surveillance systems, saving time in the aftermath of a crime, he explained.

“It gets us out there quicker,” DiCarlo said.

This is not an attempt at Big Brother-style surveillance, he was quick to note. 

“We can’t remotely get into your camera system,” he said.

Rather, police might ask to view your footage if you live in the vicinity of a recent crime, in hopes of glimpsing a suspicious person or vehicle.  Private security videos have proven valuable in an ongoing investigation, said DiCarlo.

“It’s a fantastic investigative tool,” he said.

New Providence police have had success with a voluntary registration program, he said, and a number of Morris Township people already have registered their systems, the captain said. 

DiCarlo asks that residents and business owners with security cameras fill out this registration form.  Participation is voluntary, he emphasized.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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