Do You Have A Video Surveillance Camera MountedRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Oct 30 2012 6:22 PM
DOTHAN - HOUSTON COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS: One of the projects I have wanted to work on is to assist law enforcement in developing locations of video surveillance cameras. Cameras that record that could be positioned to capture roadways.
Here is my project: months ago a local business had some items stolen. They had a camera system in their business, but where the trailer was parked was not in range of the video camera system. However, many area businesses had camera systems. My suggestion to the victim was to contact the other businesses and identify if their camera system video recorded any of the road. They could then, in partnership with law enforcement, review the video tapes and possibly see the trailer behind a vehicle, which could possibly help solve the crime.
When robberies or possibly a murder takes place, it would be helpful to have a list of the area businesses and residences which have cameras that record which capture the roads at your business or residence. Perhaps something could be reviewed in the area to help identify suspects.
How is this accomplished? This can only be accomplished by your taking the time to notify local law enforcement commanders of your camera systems and what areas they capture on video. I do not want this information, but it would be good for your local law enforcement to have this information. And this is not just Dothan - Houston County specific, but all area specific.
Your task Now comes your task. In Houston County, call Houston County Sheriff Criminal Investigation Division at (334) 677-4809 during regular business hours, call Dothan Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (334) 615 - 3632.
In smaller communities, call your Chief of Police or department communications division and let them know you have a video recording system and what road it might show pictures of. This would allow law enforcement to have a data base of cameras. When something happens then would know where to go and check the video.
If you have a camera system which has an extra space for a camera, place one that records the roadway. Most especially if the camera could be placed in a position that would record a license plate number of vehicles passing by.
A hint if you have a camera system, a hint If you have a camera system and it is set up to photograph when a zone is broken, set it up to email a photograph to a private email address. This will allow you to have photographs of the person or persons, vehicle or vehicles that enter the camera territory. Then if a person steals the camera and video recording system, then you have the picuture anyway because it was emailed to your private email address.
I am not a camera specialist. You are encouraged to speak with a camera specialists about the systems, the features and ideas.
However, I have thought law enforcement needs a data base to assist investigators in having the ability to gather video evidence when someone’s house is broken into, someone is robbed or killed. You never know, it might be just you that helped solve the crimes.
SMILE - you could be on camera!!!