New CrimeReports™ Camera Registration Launches New Era of Citizen-Sourced Video Intelligence

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PublicEngines’ Camera Registration Enables Agencies to Start Their Own Cost-Effective Camera Registration Program Using CrimeReports™

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"We are already approaching nearly 1,000 cameras registered in Sacramento County. Working with PublicEngines and using their CrimeReports Camera Registration has made it easy for us to focus promoting participation in the program."

PublicEngines, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions that facilitate crime analysis, supply actionable intelligence and increase community engagement for law enforcement, schools, and governments today announced that it has added citizen Camera Registration to its popular CrimeReports public crime map, which allows citizens to privately register the location of their security cameras with local law enforcement.

CrimeReports Camera Registration is designed to help law enforcement agencies by identifying the location of commercial and residential security cameras so that when incidents occur, law enforcement can quickly know where to turn for key video footage to solve crimes.

Available as part of PublicEngines’ CrimeReports, citizen registered camera and contact information is available directly to participating law enforcement agencies. Agencies can download or view the camera locations through the CrimeReports console. In addition, agencies will soon be able to load the camera locations into the CommandCentral Analytics crime analytics application to help see camera locations near crimes, putting the ability to solve crimes at the fingertips of CommandCentral Analytics users.

Citizens may join the program by setting up an account and sharing basic information about their home and business security cameras – like location, description, and contact information. The citizen information is private and only visible to the law enforcement agency, who can contact those camera owners if a crime has occurred in the area and request access to video footage.

“Information is the life blood of law enforcement work,” said William Kilmer, CEO of PublicEngines. “Camera Registration allows agencies to quickly look up an area where a crime has occurred, locate registered cameras, and contact that camera owner to see if they can help provide important video information.”

CrimeReports Camera Registration was developed and initially launched as a pilot program with Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in 2014. Commenting on the program, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott R. Jones said, "The Sheriff's Electronic Eye (SEE) program was launched last May and we are already approaching nearly 1,000 cameras registered in Sacramento County. Working with PublicEngines and using their CrimeReports Camera Registration has made it easy for us to focus on promoting participation in the program. I am extremely proud that our vision, coupled with the partnership and expertise of PublicEngines, will make such a valuable crime-fighting tool available to law enforcement agencies everywhere."

With the addition of Camera Registration, CrimeReports continues to fulfill a mission of being the conduit of actionable intelligence from the public to law enforcement agencies. Said Kilmer, “We first integrated TipSoft, our anonymous public tipping software into CrimeReports to open up public information to agencies. Now, with the addition of Camera Registration, we are taking community-based intelligence to a new level to allow agencies to more easily solve crime using video intelligence that is already in the public domain.”

Camera Registration is a feature of CrimeReports, the most adopted crime mapping solution in the world. Agencies interested in rolling out Camera Registration may learn more at http://www.publicengines.com/products/camera-registration.php or by contacting PublicEngines at sales(at)publicengines(dot)com.

About PublicEngines:
PublicEngines develops easy-to-use, cloud-based software that helps law enforcement, government, defense, and other organizations gather, analyze, and share intelligence to improve public safety. Used by more than 2,000 organizations worldwide, our market-leading solutions are accessible wherever you are, and are easy-to-deploy with minimal training and no additional IT burden or expense. For more information visit http://www.publicengines.com.

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