North Coventry Police Open Video Camera Registry

NORTH COVENTRY PA – Like other municipal law enforcement agencies across western Montgomery, northern Chester, and eastern Berks counties in recent months, the North Coventry Police Department said Thursday (Aug. 4, 2022) it would ask township property owners, both residential and commercial, for voluntary permission to occasionally use private surveillance video footage from their locations for investigative purposes.

“We know there have been cases of child luring, finding Alzheimer’s patients, and traffic incidents which all have been solved because of these cameras,” the department acknowledged on its CrimeWatch webpage. It hopes camera owners will register their systems in a new database expected to assist future efforts to identify suspects and solve crimes faster.

New technology being used by the department gives it the ability to create a voluntary registry that plots camera locations on mapping software, aiding “officers and investigators when time is of the essence and leads are few,” it said.

As cameras become “more popular and affordable, law enforcement is finding (them) to be a great resource in tracking down criminals and securing evidence to be used in the prosecution of offenders,” the department wrote. “We hope that you, our residents and business owners, will take advantage of the registry and volunteer to be part of this program.”

Participation is free. An online registration form is available here.

“The database of this information will always remain confidential, and you would only be contacted should the video recordings be of any value to an open or active investigation,” the department advised. “At no time would the North Coventry Township Police Department have access to your live feed or any of your recordings without your authorization.”

For more information, call the department at 610-323-8360

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