The quality of home surveillance cameras has improved drastically in the last few years.
And so have the prices making it easier for more people like Laurie Light to install cameras in and around their homes.
“I want to be able to see what's around me,” Light said. “And I thought it was a good investment for my neighborhood to be safe.”
Light recently registered her home security cameras with the Redding Police Department as part of the SCRAM program, which stands for Security Camera Registration and Monitoring.
And Redding Police Chief Roger Moore is hoping more people will do the same.
“And that will be an easy way for us to go out and knock on your door to say, ‘Hey can you look at your video camera? Do you see this? Did anything happen during this time? Did you catch it on film,’” Moore said. “And a lot of times we'll get lucky and get that information.”
Moore hopes by having people and businesses voluntarily register their security cameras on the SCRAM database, it will make it easier and faster for police to locate video footage in the event of a crime.
That’s because having video evidence is becoming increasingly critical to helping build a case against and prosecute criminals.
“Sometimes if we have a crime that we haven't solved yet, we'll put their picture on the media,” Moore said. “And if we have a very good high definition picture of somebody, usually it's within hours that people are calling in and giving us tips on who it is. So it has been very effective. It has solved a lot of crimes.”
The process is easy and confidential.
Users can find the link on RPD's website and quickly enter a few bits of information.
“It was very easy,” Light said. “All they ask you for is your name and address, if you're a residence or a business and if you're willing for the officers to contact you.”
For Light who has volunteered video footage of criminal suspects to police in the past, signing up for the SCRAM program was a no-brainer.
“I think it's important to be eyes for the police department,” she said. “They're so short staffed, and I wanted to be able to help if they think there's something happening in the neighborhood.”
In the 24 hours since it’s launch, Moore said they’ve they've already have five people sign up for the program and he encourages more to do the same.