POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Owners of homes and businesses with video surveillance systems are being invited to participate in a camera registry program organized by the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department.
The program, which was presented by Councilman Doug Vitale at an Oct. 6 council meeting, will create a registry of privately-owned security cameras throughout the borough that police can refer to when investigating crimes in the community. Registration is voluntary and carries no costs to those who participate.
The move matches similar programs in surrounding communities like Brick Township who implemented their program last summer.
“When a crime occurs, police will be able to identify the locations of nearby video cameras and enlist the assistance of the community to help officers collect video evidence and follow up on leads,” Police Chief Joseph Michigan said.
Councilman Vitale stressed that registration does not give police constant access to private surveillance footage. Instead, when a crime has been committed in a particular area, police officers will refer to the registry and request nearby owners of video cameras to allow them to view the footage.
“Police will ask registrants to check their video surveillance system for a specific date and time for a video that may show activity involved with the crime, such as a getaway car or the direction that a person of interest was headed,” said Mr. Vitale.
According to a press release from the police department, registrants may remove their systems from the program at any time by notifying the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department.
“An individual’s personal information will be kept confidential by the borough unless subject to disclosure by court order,” the release reads.
Those who wish to participate are asked to contact Lieutenant Kyle Grace at the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department at 732-892-0500 ext. 163 for registration details.
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