Crime fighting tool taps into citizens', businesses' video surveillance

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has unveiled an electronic crime fighting tool.

The Sheriff's Electronic Eye Camera Registry program would give officers access to video surveillance systems of citizens and county businesses.

At a press conference Thursday morning, Sheriff Scott Jones announced the registry as a voluntary program that anyone with existing surveillance gear can sign up. Participants may be contacted by law enforcement to view their video if it could help solve a crime.

"Where time is truly of the essence -- child abduction, missing persons, maybe homicides -- the information it will be able to get potentially sooner is going to be very critical," Jones said.

The question of how the department will access the video has raised privacy concerns.

"It's voluntary to sign up and it's voluntary when we reach out and say, 'hey, can you check your surveillance camera?' You can say 'no, thank you' and that's all," Jones said.

Authorities said participants won't be required to provide the video if requested. The program's success is based on people's willingness to sign up and cooperate with law enforcement.

"I don't mind having them look at it at all, we have it all saved in the back here, so if they need to get access to it, it would be no problem at all," North Highlands' Sweet Dozen donut shop owner Jeremy Khamphay said.

Khamphay added he is interested in the registry.

Those who register will receive a window sticker to show they are participating in the program, which the sheriff's department hopes could serve as a deterrent for criminals. To sign up, go to the Sacramento County Sheriff's website:


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