City and towns are creating new ways to expand neighborhood surveillance programs known as police cam-share programs
in The Baltimore Sun
revealed that the Baltimore County Council wants more businesses and homeowners to purchase CCTV surveillance equipment."The bill would create a voluntary private security camera registry for property owners with devices pointed toward a public right-of-way, according to the proposal. The program would map where cameras are located to help detectives identify possible security footage in areas where crimes happened."
How do cities and towns expand police cam-share programs? By offering to waive permitting fees, that’s how.
That is what makes the Baltimore County Council’s Bill
unique from other police cam-share programs.
"The County will waive the alarm permit fee the installation of a new alarm system that includes private security or surveillance cameras or the upgrade of a current alarm system that includes such cameras."
The Baltimore County Council wants to create a neighborhood surveillance network by offering homeowners and businesses a savings of $34.00-$113.00."Under the proposal the county would waive alarm permitting fees for new alarm system installations — which start as low as $34 for homes and $113 for commercial buildings — that include private security or surveillance cameras if the owner signs up for the registry. The county would also waive fees for any updates to current alarm systems that include those cameras."
Police SCRAM to become "Silent Partners" in neighborhood surveillance
goes on to say that the Lansing Police Department recently created "Security Camera Registry and Mapping"
or SCRAM to expand their surveillance network.
Talk about ironic, naming a police cam-share program SCRAM is exactly where a person’s privacy will go when neighbors voluntarily use CCTV cameras to monitor everyone.
The Sun also mentioned that police in three Rhode Island towns
have created cam-share programs but not one of them has offered residents discounts to monitor their neighbors.
in the Dunwood Crier
reveals how police in Dunwoody, Georgia want businesses and residents to use license plate readers and CCTV surveillance cameras on their neighbors.
"The Dunwoody Police Department has launched an initiative to make security cameras and license plate readers more efficient tools to solve and prevent crime."
Like the Baltimore County Council, Dunwoody police have taken their police cam-share program to another level by encouraging businesses, apartment complexes and neighborhood groups to share their automatic license plate reader (ALPR) data with them.
"The Dunwoody Police Department already uses about 20 fixed ALPRs in high-traffic areas to capture images of license plates and to identify stolen vehicles, stolen tags and wanted suspects. Several businesses, apartment complexes and neighborhood groups have installed their own LPRs."
The name of the Dunwoody police cam-share program is called "Silent Partners"
which encourages so-called silent partners" to secretly monitor vehicles and people not suspected of committing a crime.