Police launch crime cam plan to share security video

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The Manasquan Police Department now offers a new surveillance system program to residents and business owners in town. FILE PHOTO

MANASQUAN — The Manasquan Police Department has launched an initiative to enlist businesses and residences with video surveillance systems in criminal investigations.

According to Police Chief Michael Bauer, participants can voluntarily register their home or business surveillance systems, including residential doorbell cameras, with the police department.

The chief said that police departments with similar programs in New Jersey include Brielle, Toms River, Wayne and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department.

When a crime occurs, police ask owners of registered homes or businesses to review footage recorded by their video systems to determine whether any relevant activity has been captured. If it has, the chief said, police will arrange to obtain a copy of the video.

Participation is completely voluntary and all personal data will remain confidential, the chief said. The program does not permit police to tap into home or business security systems.

“We recognize that crimes can be committed at any place or time, and that video surveillance systems may capture footage that could help solve crimes in our community,” Chief Bauer said. 

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