Carrollton, Texas, Police Request Security Camera Owners to Register Devices

Stating its purpose is to bolster crime-fighting efforts, Carrollton Police are asking businesses and homeowners to register their video surveillance cameras.

CARROLLTON, Texas, — The police department here has put out a request to business and home owners to register their security cameras with the city.

The voluntary security camera registration program is intended to assist police in crime-fighting efforts. The department just wants to know who has cameras, where they are, and the view they have in the city, according to the police department’s website.

“Video surveillance is one of the best ways to catch and help convict criminals. Often, one of the first steps in a criminal investigation is to canvas the area looking for security cameras.  Letting us know ahead of time that you have a camera can save us precious time in an investigation,” an announcement states on the website.

The information provided by security camera owners will only be accessible to Carrollton Police Department personnel. Registrants will only be contacted in the event their camera may have captured a crime or clues helpful to an investigation. Personal information will remain confidential except as required by law, according to the police department.

“All you have to do is let us know you have a camera, tell us a few things about the views it captures, and provide us information on how to contact you if necessary,” the registration page cites.

Although no additional information is provided about their crimes, the police department’s online announcement includes photographs of two individuals who were convicted for murder after security camera footage led to their arrests.

The City of Carrollton, Texas, joins a growing a list of municipalities around the nation that have adopted similar security camera registry programs. Among the cities in recent time is Austin, Texas; Albuquerque, N.M.; Hagerstown, Md.; Seekonk, Mass.; Beaverton, Ore.; Rochester, N.Y.; Duluth, Minn.; and New Orleans.

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