Windsor Police announce voluntary CCTV registry

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Does your residential or commercial property have an outdoor surveillance camera?

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Windsor Police invite citizens of Windsor and Amherstburg to help fight crime by joining the new Security Camera Registry.

The idea is that by having your cameras recorded with Windsor Police, officers under investigation will be able to quickly determine if potentially useful video recordings are available in the area where a crime has taken place.

Police say the time investigators save by not having to go door-to-door to ask if there are cameras could go a long way toward solving a case.

Acting Windsor Police Chief Jason Bellaire described the registry as “a high-impact way for our community to help catch offenders and make our neighborhoods safer.”

Participation in the registry is entirely voluntary and camera owners are not legally required to provide access to their recordings to the police.

“Officers should always contact the owner/responsible party of the system to request to see or obtain the footage,” Windsor Police note.

Owners who have registered their cameras can also opt out of the program at any time and have their previously submitted information removed from the registry.

​To register for the WPS Security Camera Registry, visit the “Signals” section of the Windsor Police website at windsorpolice.ca and complete the online form.

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