If you own a security camera in New Orleans, you can now register it with the New Orleans Police Department to try to help detectives solve crimes in your neighborhood and provide strong evidence to put offenders away.
Yesterday the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, in partnership with the NOPD, launched a new online service called Safecam NOLA. The program allows residents and business owners to register their security cameras with New Orleans Police. All you have to do is go to SafecamNOLA.com, provide your basic contact information and follow the simple instructions.
As residents sign up, detectives will have access to a growing, centralized database that can quickly identify locations of cameras in areas where crimes have been committed, and get them in contact with the cameras' owners.
The SafecamNOLA project is essentially an expansion of “Safecams 8”, which was an on-line program that residents and business owners in the Eighth Police District have been using for years to register their cameras with Eighth District police. The 1,302 8th District cameras that are in that system are now included in the citywide SafecamNOLA system.
It’s important to note that the NOPD will not be monitoring any resident’s or business owner’s camera recordings. If detectives believe a camera may have video footage that captured someone committing a crime, they will contact the camera’s owner and ask the owner if he or she will allow them to view that certain time-frame of footage. If their requests are granted, detectives will then arrange a time to watch the video with the resident or business owner.
The NOPD respects that these cameras are privately owned and controlled by residents.
Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, “One of the very first things detectives do on a crime scene is look around for security cameras. The creation of 'Safecam NOLA' means detectives will be able to plug in a street address where a crime has occurred, and immediately find out where security cameras are in that block, and who they belong to. This knowledge will speed up the investigation process, as actual video of a crime-in- progress can be critical in making arrests and in many cases, guaranteeing convictions.”
Please visit SafecamNOLA.com to enroll today.
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Contact: Remi Braden