Wichita Falls police use new program to expand surveillance

With the help of citizens, the Wichita Falls Police Department is expanding its surveillance capabilities.

In a press release, the WFPD announced that it was rolling out a new system known as SafeCam to help reduce crime in the city. Several police departments across the country are using the program successfully.

Here’s how it works. Businesses and residents register their security cameras with the WFPD. Those who register will provide their name, address, number of security cameras in use and the direction in which the cameras are pointed.

Police can then use SafeCam to streamline investigations, according to the press release:

By compiling a list of known neighborhood security cameras, officers will be able to streamline investigations and directly contact residents or businesses that have potentially caught suspects on camera. This partnership helps to expedite the process of identifying and apprehending suspects to prevent further crimes from occurring. In addition to speeding up the investigative process, cameras also give detectives the ability to proactively prevent crime sprees from occurring.

For those concerned about their privacy, WFPD officers cannot view video from the cameras unless it is voluntarily provided by the owner. The police department does NOT have direct access to recorded cameras. All information provided is strictly confidential.

Registration is free and participation is 100% voluntary. Businesses and residents can join or withdraw from the program at any time.

For more information and to sign up for SafeCam, visit www.wfpdnow.com/safecam.

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