I’m working on two stories today and will not get to this until next week, but I saw this email today from Fremont police’s Nixle account. Given the latest news about the NSA and Verizon Wireless, I imagine some will say this is a sign of creeping police state. On the other hand, others will say we should do whatever deters criminals from committing crimes. Either way, here’s the Nixle message:
“In recent weeks, Fremont Police Detectives and Patrol Officers have relied heavily upon private video to investigate criminal activity in our community. Technology is becoming increasingly more cost effective and is a great deterrent to prevent crime as well as solve crime. In one of our south end neighborhoods, residents collaborated to raise funds and installed several community neighborhood cameras. In addition, more than 20 of the 150+ residents installed private residential cameras to better safeguard their neighborhood. Since doing so last October, the neighborhood has not had one residential burglary! This is a great success story for the City’s Neighborhood Crime Watch program and a true community-police partnership.
Do you have a residential, neighborhood or business video surveillance camera? If so, we’d like to hear from you. We recently added a registration form on our website that allows our community to register private cameras with us. The registration and sharing of information is 100% optional and not required. Your information will only be shared with officers and law enforcement personnel who are investigating a crime in the vicinity of where your camera is located.
If you don’t yet have a camera system and are thinking about getting one, we have also added some tips for residential and neighborhood camera installation in the form of a guide on our website. You can view all of our video surveillance information at www.fremontpolice.org/videosurveillance.
To skip the information and go directly to the registration form, go to www.fremontpolice.org/registercamera.”
Also, Fremont’s surveillance camera web page says this:
Do you currently utilize private video surveillance at your home or business? If you do, we’d like to hear from you.
Video surveillance is one of the best methods for apprehending criminals and convicting suspects who are caught in the act of committing a crime. Installing video surveillance is a great example of community-police partnerships and is something we highly value as a police agency serving a very large community.
If you would like to tell us that you have video surveillance and allow officers to contact you, should a crime occur in or near where your cameras are installed, we kindly ask that you let us know by filling out our registration form.
Here’s the registration form: http://www.fremontpolice.org/forms.aspx?fid=85