Safe Cam: A Community Watch Program
Video cameras are an invaluable tool helping to detect and apprehend criminals. The Safe Cam Program allows the Riley County Police Department to partner with citizens and local businesses to create secure, private mapping of locations of cameras so our police officers can quickly contact you if your camera may have captured footage related to a crime.
You can register your security camera that views any public area in the city (sidewalks, streets, parking lots, etc). If a crime is committed in your area, we may contact you to review footage related to that incident. We would then use that information to apprehend and prosecute criminals involved. Your information is confidential. There is no fee to register your camera. You can unsubscribe from the program at any time.
This program is not active surveillance or for police to check on routine things occurring in neighborhoods. All information is housed in a secure database. We do not have direct access to your private video system, just a way to contact you to request to view the footage.
We may request to see or make copies of footage related to criminal activity to use for evidence during criminal proceedings.
- If I sign up, do you have access to my camera?
No. We never have access to your camera unless you give us access. We also only have the access you provide. If you want us to watch a certain portion, that is the portion we have access to. If you want to provide an entire video, that is what we will view.
- Will you be watching the live stream?
No. We do not have any instant access or access to live streams or cameras. This program is 100% voluntary. A person can choose at any time to participate or to decline participation. There is no pressure either way. We respect and value your privacy. We want to work together with the citizens of Riley County to solve and reduce crime. Keeping Riley County safe is incumbent upon all of us. We devote our lives to this mission but rely on the public’s help.
- I want to help but don’t want my information in the public. What do I do?
Your information is confidential. We will never disclose your information with other members of the public. We will only use the information you provide to us to contact you if there is a crime in your area to request any video footage you may have. We will not share your information with members of the public.