New Metro program hopes quicker access to home surveillance can fight crime

Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts discusses a new home surveillance registration program called Vegas SafeCam on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Metro Headquarters in Las Vegas. (Sergio Avila/KSNV)

Home and business surveillance cameras are now more affordable and therefore more prevalent than ever before.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is hoping you'll share some information with them about your cameras to help them fight crime in your community.

"It is becoming more and more important to prosecution and arrest of offenders than it ever has been before," said Metro Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts.

Roberts spoke while introducing a new program offered by Metro called Vegas SafeCam.

The department is asking home and business owners to register their surveillance cameras to give detectives an idea of who has cameras and where they're pointing, making finding a suspect that much easier.

"This will allow us to go specifically on a path and say oh we have cameras here, we have cameras here," Roberts said.

The registration is voluntary and free.

If detectives think you might have caught a suspect on surveillance video, they will contact you and ask if they can see it.

If that video is shared to the community, Roberts said they'll take your privacy very seriously.

"Quite often you'll see that we'll show suspect descriptions and we'll crop it down so you just get the face or if it's a license plate number or vehicle description we will take care so you can follow back and get the perspective and say of that's a potential witness," Roberts said.

The program is a mirror of similar tactics already in place in Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Buffalo, another example of using technology to help fight crime in your neighborhood.

To learn more about the program or to sign up, click here.

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