The Strathmore RCMP is asking locals to think about joining their CAPTURE program.
CAPTURE stands for Community Assisted Policing Through the Use of Recorded Evidence -- it was launched in late June.
Detachment Commander Strathmore RCMP Staff Sergeant, Mark Wielgosz, explained that this strategy is another way the Alberta RCMP is working with their communities to help solve crime faster.
"With the increased use of doorbell cameras, residential video surveillance, and existing business cameras; our residents and business owners are well-positioned to help solve crime in our community."
Local residents and business owners who already have video surveillance and are willing to share video camera footage when requested can sign up.
Police say the program isn't going to prevent officers from knocking on doors, but it will help officers track down video evidence quicker in criminal investigations.
The CAPTURE program allows a person or business to upload a portion of the video requested. This allows the officer to evaluate the video footage before deciding to ask for a copy.
If you would like to get started visit ruralalbertacapture.ca and create an account. From there you can enter your contact information and video cameras on the secure site. Your information is not available to the public. If an officer needs to contact you, they will do so by the information provided.
Things to know about the program:
- This is completely voluntary and consent can be withdrawn at any time.
- Registering a camera and contact information allows the RCMP to see a list of security cameras so they can contact the owners during an investigation.
- The video footage on your camera remains your property.
- The RCMP will not have live access to your camera feed. We will only ask for videos already recorded.
- You can share your video footage through the website for an officer to view before they decide if the video will help in their investigation.
- An officer can provide you with a USB thumb drive to copy your video. An officer can not download the video; they can only view it.
"Whether it be property crimes, auto theft, mischief, collisions, or missing persons, the ability to obtain video evidence in a timely manner can make a difference in an investigation. I would like to encourage our area residents and business owners to take a few moments to sign up and help keep our communities safe."
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