Video surveillance cameras are becoming increasingly common in both residential and commercial settings. Video from these devices can be an extremely helpful tool for law enforcement in solving and prosecuting crimes.
To make the most effective use of this potentially valuable resource, the Montrose Police Deparment has created a voluntary community camera registration database that will allow crime investigators to know about camera locations that may be useful in solving crimes. Having this information in advance, rather than canvassing neighborhoods looking for cameras after a crime, will enhance officers' and/or detectives' ability to prioritize where to begin looking for evidence. While most crimes will not be captured on surveillance video, recordings of criminals traveling pathways and streets leading into and out of a crime scene can provide vital evidence.
The Montrose PD urges all residents and businesses that have cameras on their property to register them with the Police Department. Participation in this registration program is completely voluntary. All registered information will be kept confidential and will only be viewed by Montrose public safety personnel. Video from registered cameras will be requested only when needed as an investigative tool. The PD will not monitor cameras that have been registered and registration does not grant access to your cameras.