Citizen-provided security footage has become an increasingly useful law enforcement tool, helping police establish leads and identify suspects.
SafeWatch is a new voluntary camera registration program aimed at creating a database of private security cameras located throughout the city. With SafeWatch, when an incident occurs, officers can quickly identify nearby cameras that may have captured valuable evidence and can contact the camera owners to request access to the footage.
The goal of the program is to promote public safety and deter crime while collaborating with the community we serve. Evidence provided by your camera could mean the difference between bringing a perpetrator to justice and a crime remaining unsolved.
The information you provide regarding your camera system will be for official use only and the Greenville Police Department will only contact you if officers believe your camera could contain evidence relevant to a criminal investigation.
Terms of Participation
All registrants must agree to the following terms in order to participate in SafeWatch:
- Under no circumstances should participants construe that they are acting as an agent and/or employee of the Greenville Police Department
- When necessary, the Greenville Police Department will contact you directly, using the information provided on the form, to request access to your surveillance footage
- Any footage containing or related to criminal activity may be collected by the Greenville Police Department for use as evidence during a criminal proceeding
Register here: https://gis.greenvillesc.gov/safewatchform/index.html