Following up on a recent post on, an Ohio town is considering starting a voluntary registry for citizens to register their video surveillance systems and video doorbells with police to create a force-multiplier for investigators after a crime.

The story from says that North Olmstead, Ohio officials are looking to help police do their jobs better:

“‘I wanted to introduce this legislation to add another resource for our police department,’ North Olmsted Councilwoman-at-Large Angela Williamson said n the story. ‘Many of our residents are now equipped with home surveillance devices. By creating a voluntary registration program, our residents are able to collaborate with local law enforcement to deter and help solve local crimes.'”

A police official said that tapping the video resource of city residents was really just a more technologically advanced extension of what police had always done when they canvassed the area of a crime and asked questions, trying to find witnesses.

“’That’s just good, old-school police work taken a step further,'” North Olmsted Police Chief Bob Wagner said. “’If we can expedite things knowing there are neighbors in the area of a crime who have surveillance video from our database, that’s a win-win for everybody.’”

Norris has cited this trend previously when it wrote about a rise in video surveillance being a boon to police, and also about Ring conducting a program in conjunction with many police departments.

Regardless of how you feel about the trend of police more regularly leveraging private surveillance infrastructure, the life=safety and security experts at Norris can explain all the latest technology to you and get your enterprise outfitted with the right system for you, to keep you and your personnel, customers, students, visitors safe.

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