Norman police are asking homeowners to sign up to help solve crimes, using equipment they already have. The SafeCam program provides a network of cameras to gather evidence.
Officers are not usually at the scene of a crime when it occurs, but with more and more people installing their own surveillance systems, it gives investigators even more eyes on the streets.
Homeowners Dave and Loretta Sause were eager to register their new cameras with Norman police. They say having multiple layers of security gives them peace of mind.
“You don’t have to have anything worth anything, but it’s sure nice to know that everything is protected,” Loretta says.
The couple also wants to look out for others. Living on a corner lot gives their HD driveway cam a clear view of two streets, and if anyone commits a crime nearby, officers now know they can come to the Sause house and take a look at their footage.
That is why police want as many homes registered for SafeCam as possible.
Dave says, “If you get a couple of people in the neighborhood that have the cameras then pretty soon the criminals decide that the neighborhood is just not worth it.”
Officers say that visibility is key. SafeCam is just one of the community policing efforts by the department. Encouraging neighborhood watch participation and evening flashlight walks have helped Norman communities form bonds and drive crime away. The ultimate goal is to eradicate it for good.
“I don’t really want to have a direct confrontation with anybody,” Dave admits, “but there are still things I can do to participate and help.”
To register your cameras on the Norman Police Department website, click here.