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