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Baltimore Police Department Adds Home and Business Security Camera Systems to its Database

Published by Ellen on July 24, 2012 9:34 AM

The Baltimore Police Department has heightened its security camera program by bringing residents and businesses into the mix. The city approved an extension of the department's current program by giving residential and business communities the opportunity to share their video surveillance footage with the police.

Funded by a $53,200 grant from the Abell Foundation, the newly updated security camera program will add private video surveillance to its database of public camera systems. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake believes that these changes will help the police department solve crimes much more efficiently, and most importantly, tremendously faster.

How exactly will this work? Homeowners and business owners will be able to register their video surveillance systems online with the Mayor's Office of Information Technology. A simple web application will add one's security system to the police department's database. When a crime does occur, police camera operators will be able to locate surveillance cameras within the immediate area of the incident to use in the investigation. In other words, police will have additional surveillance footage of a crime, which could drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to solve it.

It's important to note that the Baltimore Police Department's existing security camera operation has been instrumental to the arrest of 1,236 individuals, with 145 arrests rooted in violent crimes.

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