The Paso Robles Police Department is calling on residents and businesses to record their surveillance cameras. This is a voluntary program, but one that local authorities say could help solve crimes faster.
Operation SCRAM stands for Surveillance Camera Registration and Mapping.
“The reason this is important is that often time is short and we need to find these security footage as quickly as possible,” said Commander Tod Rehner of the Paso Robles Police Department. “If we go to the website, we can basically put it in the area where the incident happened, and that will show us all the cameras that are there and if we have that contact information, we can contact them immediately and hopefully get the video of the incident.
This comes at a time when surveillance cameras are gaining popularity.
“I have it more often to see if I have any packages on the porch,” said Zach Ulibarri, a resident of Paso Robles.
For businesses like SLO Sweets in downtown Paso Robles, cameras are a must.
“Restaurants and retail stores sometimes open until nine at night and now it’s darker, so it helps to know it’s safe and people can go out with their kids and walk around,” added Miranda Battenburg, owner of SLO Sweets.
Paso Robles Police Department requires businesses and residents to complete a form on the city website.
“They can register the residence, whether it is a doorbell camera, a bell camera or a surveillance camera, and they register their address, who they are, their contact details and where the camera is. is directed, “said Commander Rehner.
Concerns about confidentiality are mixed.
“No, because it’s my business and I wouldn’t want them to have access to all of this,” said Ulibarri, who said he would be willing to share a video if an officer knocked on his door.
For Battenburg, it’s a way to keep the community safe.
“I think it’s a good public service for the city and the county. I understand that each company has to make this decision for itself, but as far as we are concerned, SLO Sweets, we are happy to cooperate, ”she added.
Other agencies, such as the San Luis Obispo Police Department, have implemented this system and a spokesperson said it has worked well for them in identifying suspects.
“We don’t have access to the cameras, we can’t turn the cameras on and off, we can’t see through their cameras, there is no connection,” Commander Rehner said. “It’s just basic information that this address has a camera.”
The Paso Robles Police Department plans to have information booths and flyers about this program at community events.