South Bend police are asking residents whose homes and businesses are equipped with security cameras to register them with the department so investigators can use their surveillance footage as a tool to help solve crimes.
Police spokesman Ken Garcia tells the South Bend Tribune that some of the earliest leads in investigations come from security cameras. He says police first encouraged registration in 2014, but the attempt wasn’t well received.
St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter says authorities recently used a homeowner’s private security footage in bringing charges in the car crash death of a 6-year-old girl.
Garcia says those interested can register for free at the department’s website. He says information won’t be publicly shared and authorities will never access a person’s cameras without permission.
Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com