Do you use an external video security system or a doorbell camera such as Ring ® at your home or business? If you do, we invite you to register for the Community Watch Team's Community Camera program.
What is Community Camera? It's a voluntary police/community partnership involving homeowners, renters, and business owners, that allows our officers to know where private cameras are installed in the city in case a crime occurs. Through the program, our department collects addresses of homes and businesses that have video systems installed. If a crime occurs nearby and investigators believe video footage will help, our team then asks the camera owners if they are willing to share video footage from a specific time/date. Officers do not have direct access to anyone's camera. In order to access any video footage, our officers ask for permission from homeowners, who then decide if they are able and willing to share the video footage with police officers.
Camera addresses and homeowner/business information is maintained in a secure database, that the Coon Rapids Police Department has classified as non-public or confidential. Our officers refer to the addresses of the cameras if a crime occurs and they believe video footage may be helpful in solving the crime. You may ask to be removed from the Community Watch Team and/or the Community Camera Program at any time and have your information removed from the database.
Participants will be provided with a sticker that can be placed on their door or window to help deter crime and let people know you are a proud Community Watch Team member.