DECATUR — People and businesses who have external surveillance cameras can now register them with the Decatur Police Department, creating a system that officers can access to help investigate crime.
Officer George Kestner said in a statement that owners can register their private external security cameras on the city website, decaturil.gov, by submitting the location, system details and contact information.
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The department believes working with the community to expand the use of existing technology will assist in improving public safety in Decatur, Kestner said.
If a crime is committed in view of a security camera, police will be able to search the registration data and contact the owner with a request to view the footage, he said.
"Having this information readily available will allow the officers to investigate crimes more efficiently," Kestner said.
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