Buffalo PD Unveils New Surveillance Initiative

The Buffalo Police Department is reaching out to residents and business owners with video surveillance solutions in an effort to help officers solve crimes.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Police Department has launched a new video surveillance initiative to help officers solve crimes.

There are already 200 surveillance cameras monitoring the city; however with the new Safe Cam program, police are reaching out to residents and business owners who have video surveillance systems, to give officers access to private security camera feeds, WGRZ.com reports.

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As part of the program, police are asking anyone with a video surveillance system on their property, to sign up voluntarily on the Buffalo Police Web site – entering their name, address and how many cameras are on their property.

If enough people sign up for Safe Cam, the department will no longer have to go door-to-door as they search for suspects. Rather, police will have the ability to spot where video surveillance cameras are in the area, and have the ability to retrieve video in the case of major crime.

Officers said all information would remain confidential.

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The Buffalo Police Department is modeling the Safe Cam system after a program that the City of Philadelphia Police Department currently uses.

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