CAMSafe is a new program aimed at creating a database of private security cameras in the city.
It will act as a resource for police when investigating criminal offences.
Studies have shown security cameras have not only reduced crime rates but also act as an extra set of eyes to help police identify and apprehend criminals. This program establishes a community network that will help protect our neighborhoods.
CAMSafe is a database of camera locations only - only you will ever have direct access to your security system and account information. The program is a resource allowing police to know the location of cameras within a geographic area when investigating crime. If police require access to your footage, they will reach out to you and make a request directly.
How Does CAMSafe Work?
Register any security cameras with as many or as few details you as wish: direction the camera captures, footage retention and even screenshots. If a crime is committed and officers believe the footage may benefit the investigation, an officer will contact you to request footage. You can delete your account and change your information at any time. And you are under no obligation to share your footage with police.
How can registering my camera help?
Having a resource which real-time maps camera locations in the city will not only reduce time officers spend searching for footage, but will play a pivotal role in a fast-moving investigation such as a potential kidnapping or robbery. Think of it like Neighbourhood Watch 2.0.
Who has access to my cameras?
Only you. The Belleville Police Service cannot access your security system or cloud-based accounts. The purpose of this community project is to provide a registry of cameras only with contact information for the owner. If your footage would be beneficial, an officer will reach out and request you provide the footage to police. Only police officers have access to the CAMSafe database.
We all play a vital part in keeping our community safe. Join us in providing greater community security by registering your security cameras today.