Community Camera Registry

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What is a Community Camera Registry? 

The Concord Police Department is building a Community Camera Registry and we are asking for your help.

When an incident or a crime occurs police officers will often go door-to-door knocking to ask residents if they have security camera footage. This footage is valuable to catch suspects and investigate crimes, but it is also extremely crucial in providing valuable information to help locate a child that goes missing or a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia who wandered away from home and becomes disoriented. 

Walking and knocking door-to-door, checking with residents to see if they have cameras and if they recorded an incident or person, referred to as “neighborhood canvassing,” is extremely labor intensive. When minutes or seconds matter this process can take hours and may be too late.

We are looking to build a registry or map of where cameras are located along with contact information for the owner/operator. That way when an incident or crime occurs in the area we know who to contact quickly and who to ask to check their camera systems for information that can help solve a crime or bring a lost person home. We may still canvass the area just to make sure we didn't miss anything, but with a map and contact info we can find critical footage much faster.

How does it work? 

If you choose to register your camera with us we will add it to our map and database.

If an incident or crime occurs in your vicinity a police officer or other department investigator may contact you at the phone number or e-mail you provided. We may ask for your help reviewing your camera system and if needed obtaining a copy of the footage. 

Our registry does not give the Concord Police Department or anyone else access to any type of live feeds, nor does it give us access to your cameras. It only provides us with contact information to save valuable time and keep our community safer.

Information provided to the Concord Police Department regarding your camera system is for official use only. Your personal information will be kept confidential. 

You will receive an e-mail annually verifying that the cameras are still active and that you still want to participate in the camera registry. You also may opt out at any time.