Like Other Agencies, Upper Providence Starts Camera Registry

UPPER PROVIDENCE PA – Just as nearby Lower Pottsgrove and other municipal law enforcement agencies have done, the Upper Providence Police Department said Thursday (June 23, 2022) it would begin asking township property owners, both residential and commercial, for their voluntary permission to occasionally use private surveillance video footage from their locations for investigative purposes.

Video-captured “information may help (the department) solve crimes and help keep the community safe,” it announced on its CrimeWatch webpage. It’s requesting residents register their camera systems in what it calls its “Safe-Cam” database, assisting future efforts to “identify suspects and solve crimes faster.”

The new registry represents the department’s attempt to use “every resource possible to prevent and solve crimes, and protect citizens and their property.” Participation is free. An online registration form is available here.

In registering camera systems with the department, officers and detectives will identify what cameras may have captured any criminal activity. They may “request to view footage to assist in their investigation,” the department acknowledged. However, property owners will be contacted by police only “if there is an incident within the vicinity” of their camera systems.

By completing and submitting a registration form, the department added, property owners agree several terms and conditions:

  • Any footage containing or related to criminal activity may be collected by the Upper Providence Township Police Department for use as evidence during any stage of a criminal proceeding;
  • Relevant information is reserved for official use by the Upper Providence Township Police Department and will not be released to any member of the general public or press;
  • If necessary, the Upper Providence Township Police Department will contact you directly, using the information provided to request the appropriate video surveillance footage;
  • Under no circumstances shall registrants construe that they are acting as an agent and/or employee of the and/or the Upper Providence Township Police Department through the program; and
  • Under no circumstances shall the Upper Providence Township Police Department utilize any information obtained to view footage/feeds directly from cameras owned by registrants.

For more information about the program, call the department at 610-933-7899.

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