San Jose considers having police tap into private security cameras

San Jose considers having police tap into private security cameras

[Ed. – Inevitable.]

“It became apparent that there’s a lot of evidence out there that residents want to provide,” Liccardo said, predicting that the cost would be nominal because existing city technology employees could maintain the database. The new database “is something that costs very little but could have a big impact in making San Jose safer.”

Already police can ask property owners like the ones in the arson-ravaged neighborhood for surveillance footage but have to go door-to-door searching for cameras, a cumbersome process for a police force that is understaffed.

The new program would allow property owners to sign up for a security camera database so that police responding to burglaries, assaults and other crimes would see a map of nearby locations with cameras. As long as property owners agree, police would be able to remotely tap into feeds for high-tech cameras, but older models would require residents to turn over the actual tapes.

A San Jose police spokeswoman said the department is interested in the idea but still is exploring its merits, including potential costs and privacy concerns.

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