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Are you able to watch your home while you’re away? Do you currently have a working private video surveillance at your home? If so, we at the Little Elm Police Department need your help. Video surveillance is one of the best and most efficient ways of apprehending criminals and convicting suspects who are caught in the act of committing a crime. Participating in this program is a great example of community-police partnerships and is something we highly value as a police agency serving our community.
In recent days, privately owned surveillance systems in the Town of Little Elm have proven instrumental in the apprehension of several perpetrators. The Little Elm Police Department is very appreciative for the citizens that have come forth with this footage in the past, and only hopes to raise awareness and streamline this flow of this valuable information with this Video Crime Watch Program.
The Little Elm Police Department is committed to developing a partnership with the residents and business owners in our community. When a crime is committed in your neighborhood or near your business, often times residents and business owners are not always aware that their video surveillance system may have captured the crime the moment it takes place.
Registering your system could help solve crimes, and keep our community safe, but the police are not always aware which residents may have this potentially critical information. The Little Elm Police Department is asking residents and businesses to register their privately owned surveillance camera systems. As we respond to criminal incidents, we may be able to use the information in this registry to gather footage from your security cameras to assist in the apprehension and prosecution of the criminals involved.
Registering your camera with the Little Elm Police Department will help officers quickly determine if there are cameras nearby that may have captured criminal acts. As a registered system owner, you would only be contacted by the Little Elm Police Department if there is criminal activity in your neighborhood or near your business. Police officers or detectives, if necessary, may request to view your camera footage in order to assist in the investigation. You, as a Little Elm citizen, would be taking an active part in keeping your community safe and assisting in deterring crime in our Town.
If you would like to register your surveillance camera with us and allow Officers to contact you should a crime occur in your neighborhood, we kindly ask that you let us know by filling out our registration form on line.
Residents and business owners who currently have cameras or are looking to purchase cameras can complete three easy steps to register their cameras with Video Crime Watch Program.
1) Registering: It only takes a few minutes. You will provide basic information for example, where your camera is located. There is no cost for registering your camera.
2) Verification: Once you have completed the registration and verification process, a member of the Department will follow up with you to confirm your registration.
3) How It Works: You will be contacted by the Little Elm Police Department if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your camera. Police officers, if necessary, may contact you in order to request a copy of the video that was captured by your camera to assist in the investigation of a crime.
By voluntarily registering your contact information with the Little Elm Police Department, detectives will know how to reach you if a crime occurs in the vicinity of your property. Registering your information does not provide LEPD with direct access to your camera. The Little Elm Police Department will only contact you if they believe your camera could contain evidence relevant to a criminal investigation. Evidence provided by your camera could mean the difference between bringing a criminal to justice versus leaving a crime unsolved.
The goal of the Video Crime Watch Program is to deter crime and promote public safety through collaboration between the Little Elm Police Department and the people we serve.
All Video Crime Watch Program registrants agree to the following terms and conditions:
1) Any footage containing or related to criminal activity may be collected by the Little Elm Police Department for use as evidence during any stage of a criminal proceeding.
2) If necessary, the Little Elm Police Department will contact you directly, using the information provided on this site, to request the appropriate video surveillance footage.
3) Under no circumstances shall registrants construe that they are acting as an agent and/or employee of the Town of Little Elm and/or the Little Elm Police Department through the Video Crime Watch program.
4) Under no circumstances shall the Little Elm Police Department utilize any information obtained to view footage/feeds directly from cameras owned by registrants.
If you would like to tell us that you have video surveillance will allow Officers to contact you should a crime occur in or near where your cameras are installed, we kindly ask that you let us know by filling out our registration form (link provided below):
Thank you for your participation. In the event a crime has been committed in your neighborhood, a Little Elm Police Officer or Detective may contact you and request to view your video recordings. If you have changes to the information or wish to be removed, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 972-377-1885.
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