This week the DeKalb County Police Department announced a countywide effort expanding their reach through a community camera registry. The website connectdekalbcounty.org enables those with security cameras to register the location of the camera and share data with law enforcement. Sharing data can be set up for 24/7 access or limited access based on the permissions granted by the camera owner. The goal of the project is to create a wider visual net for apprehending suspects and deterring crime.
For example, if a camera is set to share data when an alarm goes off, officers can get a view inside a building or a parking lot before they enter the scene. This can reduce the risk of harm for all involved. In other jurisdictions a network of cameras facing the street have helped to track and recover stolen vehicles, locate violent criminals, identify the elderly with dementia who have wondered off, and increase response times to save lives.
If you are interested in learning more visit connectdekalbcounty.org or call 770-724-7435.