Following a crime, officers canvass a neighborhood looking for any surveillance images that may have been captured. When cameras are registered, officers can see who may have captured video in the area. This secure, confidential registration will allow police to locate cameras after a crime occurs quickly and contact owners for surveillance footage. While canvassing is a necessary part of any investigation, registering of cameras will help streamline the often lengthy process.
The voluntary registry does not mean officers automatically have access to your footage, and they must still ask for permission to view and use any footage. When information is used, any personal information (owner’s name, address, etc.) will remain confidential.
When registering, it’s essential to include the location of your camera(s), the direction they are pointed, file-sharing ability and video retention times.
To register your camera, please visit www.drps.ca and from the menu along with the top click on Online Reporting – Report A Crime – Security Camera Registry.