Police: Security camera registry will help solve crimes

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Cranston Police Department launched a new program Wednesday aiming to improve safety in city neighborhoods.

According to police, the security camera registry will allow home and business owners to assist police in catching criminals.

If a crime is committed, investigators will be able to seek out cameras in the area and review the footage for evidence.

“There are so many surveillance cameras out there with the reduced cost of these cameras and the quality that they record at,” said Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist.

Not only will the program provide police with more options, but Winquist said it will also cut down on the amount of time it takes to investigate a crime.

“We’ve been very fortunate,” Winquist added. “Video has helped us quite a bit. The media also helps us when we put a photograph out and it’s a good clear photograph, we find that we get a lot of input from the public and solve quite a few crimes.”

The program is strictly voluntary, and camera owners can opt out at any time. Police said they can’t access the cameras remotely and will only seek footage after an incident has occurred and they’ve obtained permission from the owner.

Visit the Cranston Police Department’s website for more information and the registration form.

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