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North Liberty program encourages surveillance cameras

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This is a screenshot of video from a North Liberty resident's home surveillance camera, that caught a man stealing from their car. This crime remains unsolved but police are still hoping someone will recognize this man. This is a screenshot of video from a North Liberty resident's home surveillance camera, that caught a man stealing from their car. This crime remains unsolved but police are still hoping someone will recognize this man.

The North Liberty Police Department has a new program that focuses on surveillance cameras. 

Police say video evidence can be crucial when it comes to proving a crime. 

The idea for the program came from a citizen who had a package stolen. 

To be a part of the program residents or businesses need to have their own surveillance camera and fill out this form: http://northlibertyiowa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/NLPD-Exterior-Camera-form.pdf

Their information then goes onto a list police are keeping of places where there are cameras. 

If a crime happens near an area with a camera, police will be able to contact the owner of the camera to try and track down video. 

"There's the speculation that we are going to be live streaming or accessing you know video footage whenever we want and that's not the case it's voluntary if something happens and you have something of value evidence wise and crime related that you would like to turn over to us we would obviously use it," says Lt. Tyson Landsgard. 

He says keeping a list will help speed up the process when it comes to catching criminals on video. 
 "If there is a crime we can go right to those people."

Police say they will not contact you unless a crime happens in your neighborhood in a case where your camera could help solve the crime. 

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