Thornton Police are asking residents to register their home security cameras to become part of a new Thornton Neighborhood Security Camera Network. “Home security cameras and home security systems …
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Thornton Police are asking residents to register their home security cameras to become part of a new Thornton Neighborhood Security Camera Network.
“Home security cameras and home security systems have become crucial tools in crime fighting,” Thornton Police Officer Jesus Mendez said. “They are the extra eyes in our neighborhoods to watch and record illegal activity when the homeowner or officers aren’t around.”
Residents can register their home security cameras with Thornton PD by providing their address and a contact phone number. Participants would only be contacted by Thornton PD if a crime occurs in their neighborhood.
The program is voluntary.
“These videos can help solve crimes if they show suspicious activity, including trespassing, vandalism and theft of packages,” Mendez said. “These videos can help us find witnesses, or identify suspects.”
He noted that a video from a doorbell cam was used by Thornton Police Officers to identify a neighborhood where a porch pirate was operating. The video helped to identify a suspect, which led to an arrest.
“This arrest might not have happened if the homeowner had not made their doorbell video available to officers,” Mendez said.
Thornton PD will not remotely access registered home cameras but will request access to any videos, which can voluntarily made available by the registered homeowner.
“By teaming up with residents who have home security cameras, we are strengthening our reach to fight crime and serve our community,” Mendez said.
For more information visit www.cityofthornton.net.
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