Security Camera Registration Programs are a new initiative in some of the GTA police departments. These registries are growing fast in many Canadian communities according to SP&T NEWS. These programs allow citizens and businesses to register their surveillance cameras with the local police department. They give members of the community the option to let the Regional Police know they have installed residential or commercial security cameras which may assist police if a crime occurs later in that area. It is also mentioned that "The registry does not grant police direct access to your cameras--officers must still seek permission to view and use footage."
The captured footage from the security camera will help officers canvass neighbourhoods or plazas when investigating a crime. Helpful details when registering include camera locations, direction, video retention times and the capability of sharing footage.
The following resources show more information about these programs:
- Halton Regional Police has a registry called the Security Camera Resource and Mapping Program (S.C.R.A.M.).
- York Regional Police has a registry called the Security Camera Registry