If you are like many of us, you have seen those television crime dramas (or nightly news reports, for that matter) where the police use video surveillance to catch a “perp.” For example, surveillance video from a gas station might show a “hit and run” across the street, thus allowing the police to track down the driver.
You may have wondered how the police even knew that a given residence or business had surveillance video. Well, wonder no more! Like certain other cities, our local District Attorney’s Office has a special and free program that allows you to register your security camera with them. Then when there is crime in your part of Lower Polk, the police know that they can look at your video footage if they need it. This saves a lot of time for the police, and leads to more crimes being solved.
That leads to a safer neighborhood for all of us.
Here is how the District Attorney’s Office explains it:
“The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office invites you to register your security camera [. . .]. The goal of the program is to deter crime and promote public safety through collaboration between the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the communities we serve.”
Here’s a little more information about this free program.
“Registration is voluntary and there is no cost associated with registration. Registering your information does not provide the District Attorney’s Office with direct access to your camera. All information [. . .] will be kept confidential by the District Attorney’s Office unless subject to disclosure by court order. Your information will be accessed by law enforcement personnel who are investigating criminal activity. You may be contacted by law enforcement to request a copy of any video captured by your camera, which may assist in a criminal investigation.”
. . . and help take a bite out of crime!