DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Businesses and homes can now start registering their security cameras. Police say they’re already seeing a lot of interest from the community. As of this afternoon, 54 cameras had been signed up.
It’s part of a new program police launched to help them with investigations. Police say it’s important to let people know police won’t just be watching that footage all day. They’ll only access it for investigations.
The sign-up process is very simple and only takes a few minutes. All people have to do is go on the city’s website, fill out their information and choose their location.
Danville police want the program to make everyone feel like they play an important role in stopping crime. Commander Doug Miller pitched the idea to the department. He says the response so far is encouraging.
“I had no idea what the reception would be with the community and so far it’s been positive, not just with the cameras system, but they’ve been more than willing to help with a lot of stuff this year from monetary donations to asking us to come to speaking engagements, so it was a good opportunity to roll this program out and so far it’s been very positive and I hope it continues,” said Miller.
When a camera is registered, all police have to do is type in an address to find out which cameras are nearby. That’s a lot faster than knocking on doors. All types of outside security camera can be registered, whether it’s at a home, business, or just a shed. That includes anything from a standard security camera at a business to the ones built in to doorbells.
If you sign up, only police and the city’s coordinator will have access to your location. To start the process, click here.
- Registration is entirely voluntary.
- Registrant information is reserved for official use by the City of Danville Police Department.
- No police personnel will have direct access to registrant’s camera.
- If necessary, the City of Danville Police Department will contact you directly, using the information you provided on this site to request the appropriate video surveillance footage.
- Any footage containing or related to criminal activity may be collected by the City of Danville Police Department for use as evidence during any stage of a criminal proceeding or to assist with the investigation.
- An individual’s personal information will be kept confidential by the City, unless subject to disclosure by court order.
- Under no circumstances shall registrants construe that they are acting as an agent and/or employee of the City of Danville and/or the City of Danville Police Department.
- Under no circumstances shall the City of Danville utilize any information obtained to view footage/feeds directly from cameras owned by registrants.
- By clicking the “I Accept” button, you are signing this Agreement electronically. You agree your electronic signature is the legal equivalent of your manual/handwritten signature on this Agreement. By selecting “I Accept” you consent to be legally bound to this Agreement’s terms and conditions.