HCSO asking residents to register security cameras to help solve neighborhood crime

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) — The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents living in unincorporated areas of the county to register their home security cameras to help solve neighborhood crime.

“Our Sheriff’s Office staff will be able to go and see the different residences that have registered with security cameras, and then contact those residents to get that footage that might be helpful in identifying a suspect,” Public Information Officer Samantha Karges says.

To register, you just need to provide your name, contact information, where you live, and how many cameras are on your property. You can also let the sheriff’s office know how long the cameras are recording and how long recordings are stored. HCSO understands residents may have some privacy concerns.

“We have no direct access into that camera. We can’t view live feeds of the camera whenever we want. We actually have to go and call you, or go to your door and ask for a copy of that footage physically,” Karges adds.

With the advancement of technology, more and more people have home security cameras that could help deputies identify suspects or other important evidence.

“With cameras becoming more and more affordable we know that more people are getting them installed outside their homes,” Karges says.

The database of registered security cameras is just one more tool in HCSO’s toolbox when solving crimes.

“It’s actually a really powerful tool that we can use in order to help fight crime and keep the community safer,” according to Karges.

To register your security camera, you can visit the sheriff’s office citizen rims portal at https://hcso.crimegraphics.com/2013/default.aspx