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Tar­ry­town Po­lice Call For Se­cu­rity Cam­era Reg­is­tra­tion to Aid In­ves­ti­ga­tions

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by Robert Kim­mel –

The ex­pand­ing prac­tice of us­ing se­cu­rity cam­era video by law en­force­ment agen­cies to as­sist in­ves­ti­ga­tions has led the Tar­ry­town Po­lice De­part­ment to im­ple­ment a new pro­gram.  “Got video?”  That ques­tion comes in an an­nounce­ment by Po­lice Chief John Bar­belet en­cour­ag­ing both pri­vate res­i­dents and busi­nesses to par­tic­i­pate in its “Se­cure­Cam” pro­gram by reg­is­ter­ing their se­cu­rity cam­eras with the De­part­ment.

“Video from home se­cu­rity sys­tems have be­come so so­phis­ti­cated that they can aid with in­ves­ti­ga­tions rang­ing from pack­age thieves to ma­jor felonies to road­way in­ci­dents,” Chief Bar­belet said. “Sev­eral mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have al­ready come for­ward with video ev­i­dence to aid in crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions.,” the Chief added.

Homes and busi­nesses which com­ply, the an­nounce­ment states, will al­low the po­lice to check recorded video from those lo­ca­tions in the vicin­ity of a crime, ve­hic­u­lar ac­ci­dent or other se­ri­ous in­ci­dent. Reg­is­ter­ing for the pro­gram will help de­tec­tives ex­pe­dite their in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the po­lice ex­plain. There is no cost to the reg­is­trants, and they will only be con­tacted “if there is an in­ci­dent in the vicin­ity of your se­cu­rity cam­era(s).”

“The bot­tom line is this: time is of the essence, and know­ing where to go to gather in­for­ma­tion can only help with our re­sponse,” Chief Bar­belet stated.  Res­i­dents can reg­is­ter on­line at        https://​www.tar­ry­town­gov.com/​tar­ry­town-po­lice-de­part­ment/​pro­grams-ser­vices/​web­forms/​se­cure-cam­era-reg­is­tra­tion. Ques­tions about the pro­gram can be an­swered by call­ing the De­tec­tive Di­vi­sion, at 914-631-1514.

Ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy us­ing high de­f­i­n­i­tion im­ages along with fa­cial recog­ni­tion and night vi­sion have also in­creased the use of video sur­veil­lance footage ev­i­dence in court cases for va­ri­ety of of­fences, and law suits and claims.  For law en­force­ment pur­poses, a few cities, Wash­ing­ton, D.C. in­cluded, have even of­fered fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives, such as re­bates and vouch­ers for cer­tain types of se­cu­rity cam­era in­stal­la­tion and reg­is­tra­tion.

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