In news from the Dickinson Press, the Dickinson ND Police Department has launched what it is calling a SCRAM (Surveillance Camera Registration and Mapping) program. PD officials feel the program will help the PD to solve crimes with the voluntary help of those security-conscious homes and businesses with registered and mapped cameras in place.
The story notes that the program would allow police to maintain an updated map of those home and business owners that have pubic facing security cameras (doorbell cams, parking lot cams, etc.) and are willing to possibly share footage that may contain clues to committed crimes.
In the face of initial Big Brother-type criticism, police officials were quick to assure that the program does not grant them remote access to participating cameras but only tells them where people willing to share their footage have cameras installed so officers can more effectively reach out for requests to see the footage.
“It’s just another way of compiling data that’s going to help us speed things along and identify those users who want to help as much as they can, as well,” one DPD official said in the story. “I think [those who are worried] think our capabilities are more than they truly are. Some think once they register their system that we have remote access to their footage, and that’s certainly not the case nor do we want anything to do with anything like that.”
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