Do you currently utilize private video surveillance at your home or business? If you do, we'd like to hear from you.
Video surveillance is one of the best methods for apprehending criminals and convicting suspects who are caught in the act of committing a crime. Installing video surveillance is a great example of community-police partnerships and is something we highly value as a police agency serving our community.
How Does it Work?
The El Cerrito Police Department is committed to our partnership with residents and business owners. Many business owners and residents currently operate surveillance systems at their businesses and/or homes. As crimes occur nearby, they are not always aware that their system may have captured information that could help solve the crime, thus keeping our community safer. In turn, the police are also not always aware who may have this potentially vital information.
The Police Department is asking residents and businesses across the city to register their privately owned surveillance camera systems. As the Police Department responds to criminal incidents in our community, they may be able to use the information or footage gathered from the security cameras to assist in the apprehension and prosecution of the criminals involved.
What are the Benefits of Registering Your Camera?
By registering with us the police department can quickly identify nearby cameras that may have captured criminal activity. After registering your camera, you would only be contacted by the El Cerrito Police Department if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your security camera. Police personnel, if necessary, may request to view your camera footage in order to assist in the investigation. Make El Cerrito an undesirable place for criminals to commit crime and help keep your entire community safe!
If you would like to tell us that you have video surveillance and allow officers to contact you, should a crime occur in or near where your cameras are installed, we kindly ask that you let us know by filling out our registration form.
Information provided to the El Cerrito Police Department regarding your camera systems will be for official use only. Your personal information will be confidential and not be for public dissemination.