Security camera registry could help solve crimes, South Bend police say

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

The South Bend Police Department is setting up a voluntary registry of private security cameras in an effort to help police solve crimes.

The department hopes to partner with business owners in South Bend who use security cameras in their businesses, 95.3 MNC’s news partners ABC 57 reported. If a crime happened in or near a business that is part of the registry, police would visit the business to see if the cameras caught anything. The business owner would be able to watch the video first.

Capt. Phil Trent with the SBPD told ABC 57 that surveillance video footage can hep police solve crimes and help prosecutors in the court room.

“Prosecutors want to see facial expressions. Everyone wants to see exactly what transpired and not just a cold, written word,” Trent said.

Trent also said police are working to ensure the program doesn’t violate any laws, especially civil rights laws.

To find out more about the program, including what the American Civil Liberties Union has to say about it, read the full story from ABC 57.