MAHONING TWP. — The township police department is looking for more pairs of eyes in the community.
Police Chief Fred Dyroff told township supervisors on Monday that police are inviting owners of surveillance cameras to participate in the community camera program. The program allows residents and business owners to register the locations of their CCTV systems with the police.
Through the program, police will be able to identify camera locations that are near crime scenes and contact residents for CCTV footage.
Registration is free and registration is voluntary. Participants can cancel their registration at any time.
Police will contact those registered to verify their information, Dyroff said. The police will only contact them again if there is an incident near the security cameras of the resident or business owner. The police can then request a copy of the video and/or images captured by the cameras during a designated period which could help in an investigation.
Security camera owners’ personal information will be kept confidential and will not be distributed except as required by law or court order, the chief said.
“There have been thefts of catalytic converters in and around Mahoning Township, as well as other thefts recently,” Dyroff’s report said. “We hope to register more residents and businesses with our department to obtain potential images earlier in investigations.”
He said his department organized the program last year, but only a handful of residents attended.
More information about the camera recording program is available by visiting the township’s website or calling the police department at 570-275-5611.