The LaGrange Police Department joined today a CrimeReports Camera Registration program that allows those with surveillance systems to better aid officials in their mission to solve crimes, according a release.
Launched in early 2015, the program provides individuals and businesses who operate their own video surveillance systems to register the equipment with their local police department. Therefore, law enforcement will have access to those camera owners at a moment's notice, police said.
"We're excited about being a part of a new camera registration program," LaGrange Police Detective Christopher Pritchett, a criminal analyst. "It's free for our citizens and it allows them to be a partner with the police department."
Residents may participate in the free program by visiting www.CrimeReports.com, clicking on the "register a camera" link in the top right corner and setting up an account.
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Users will be asked to share basic information about their home and business security cameras, such as location, description and contact information. Those details will only be visible to law enforcement.
The LaGrange Police Department said they have laced their patrol vehicles with cameras for more than 20 years and supplied their officers with body cameras for nearly a decade. Though the equipment has proven to be useful, offenders rarely commit crimes in the presence of police, the release states.
As a result, officers are more inclined to reach out to the public for assistance.
"The LaGrange Police Department is working diligently to open all possible avenues of cooperation with the community to reduce crime opportunities for offenders and to solve crime when it does occur, thereby ensuring a safer community for all our citizens," said Patrol Commander Capt. Mike Pheil.
For additional information, contact Pritchett at CPritchett@LaGrangeGa.org.