ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It seems like every day home security cameras are catching a criminal in the act. Now, police departments around the country are asking people to register their cameras so the cops know where to go to look for video.
For Rio Rancho Police Department, home security cameras have helped them identify plenty of suspects. They’re now asking people to register specifically at a site called Crime Reports.
“It’s a great service and it allows you to be a great member of your community and help your neighbors, because indeed you may have captured something on video,” said Captain Paul Rogers of the Rio Rancho Police Department.
The website lets police know where any registered camera is. Then if a crime is committed in a neighborhood, police can check to see where they might find video.
Melvin Strong has five cameras set up at his Albuquerque home. He said he actually helped the Albuquerque Police Department catch a thief at his place in January.
“What we’re seeing is citizen cameras being used to solve crimes,” said Strong.
He said he would love to see APD partner with the site like Rio Rancho has.
“If something goes down in your neighborhood, they will know they can contact you to see if you have any useful footage,” said Strong.
Other Albuquerque residents said they are also fans of the site.
“It’s great,” said Alan Swain. “The police are shorthanded, they need every eye on the street they can get.”
APD haven’t said if they would use the site or not, but they did tell KRQE News 13 home surveillance cameras are tremendously helpful.
Police departments that use the site have no access to the cameras. They can just find locations and ask residents if they can see the video.