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Crow Wing County: Register home security camera with sheriff's office

Under the program, if a crime has been committed in a particular neighborhood, deputies and officers can view a map of registered private surveillance cameras that may have captured vital evidence that could assist law enforcement in solving the crime. Photo illustration, Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard announces a program he is rolling out to the public - Community Watch Cameras - where anyone can register their home security cameras with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office.

Under the program, if a crime has been committed in a particular neighborhood, deputies and officers can view a map of registered private surveillance cameras that may have captured vital evidence that could assist law enforcement in solving the crime.

"This could be vital evidence in the case of an abduction, a burglary or other serious crime," Goddard said in a news release.

Goddard stressed that registering a surveillance system with his office does not give the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office access to that surveillance system. It only lets his staff know who has surveillance camera systems that may be of assistance.

Registering a surveillance camera is simple and easy. Go to the Crow Wing County Facebook page or the Crow Wing County sheriff's website, click on the "Community Watch Cameras" icon and fill out and submit the form.

Both citizens and business owners can register their cameras.