Seekonk police ask public to register surveillance cameras

SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — The Seekonk Police Department is asking the public to help them fight crime.

The department announced Friday that it’s started a new initiative called the Seekonk Camera Registry Program (SCRP).

The program will allow businesses and private citizens to register the location of their video surveillance systems with police. If a crime occurs in the area near a registered surveillance system, police can then enlist the owner’s help in collecting video.

Police said they would contact the SCRP participant and ask them to check their video surveillance system for a specific date and time that may show the suggested crime.

Registration is voluntary and free, according to police. Owner information will be kept confidential unless there is a court order.

Seekonk police also said that registering a camera location does not give police direct access to the system and SCRP participants will only be contacted if a crime was committed in their area.

Those looking for more information or to participate can visit the Seekonk Police Department’s website. 

The Cranston Police Department instituted a similar program earlier this year.