Duluth, Minn. Asks Businesses to Register Security Cameras to Better Investigate Crime

The program will only gain access to exterior security cameras.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Police Department has struggled with the process of gaining access of nearby security cameras to investigate crimes. Now its seeking businesses to help with the process by enrolling their cameras with the department.

The Greater Downtown Council announced the campaign in hopes that it will help make the community safer, contracting with Securonet in Minneapolis, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

“To make your city safer — that is the goal,” said Justin Williams, president and founder of Securonet.

The program would only allow for the access of exterior security cameras, not indoor ones in private spaces such as hotel rooms or dressing rooms. Lt. Chad Nagorski also said the police department will not be remotely watching any of the live feeds because it doesn’t “have the manpower” for the task.

The Greater Downtown Council will foot the $15,000 bill for the first year of the three-year program. The next two years will be covered by the city at $10,000 each year.

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