Stamford PD seeks to expand private security camera program

Stamford police want more businesses and residents to register their private security cameras with police as part of the department's surveillance camera database.



Police say they started a pilot program downtown last summer and registered 276 cameras.



Those registered are businesses and residents willing to let police look at their surveillance cameras when crimes occur nearby. Officials say the idea of camera registration came from the Philadelphia Police Department, which had success with it.



Police say it's been so successful in Stamford that they now want to expand the program throughout the city. They are asking all camera owners to register.



Police say it's an easy process and that the people would be kept anonymous. Police also say they wouldn't be taking control of the cameras, but knowing where the cameras are will allow them to get quicker access to the footage.



They say it would allow them to map out the city with cameras.



Officials say they have used these cameras in cases including homicides, robberies and motor vehicle accidents where a driver left the scene.



Police say they hope to get about 1,000 people to register cameras.


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