Cranston police launch security camera registry program

By The Associated Press 

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) _ Cranston police have launched a program that will allow home and business owners to help catch criminals.

The department said Wednesday it’s launched a voluntary private security camera registry program.

People who own surveillance cameras can add their information to a registry. Investigators could access the registry, contact those businesses and residents and access and review surveillance video only with their permission.

Officers wouldn’t be able to access the camera remotely or in real time.

Chief Michael Winquist says knowing where cameras are will save investigators time when chasing down a suspect.

Camera owners can opt out of the registry at any time. 

(C) The Associated Press 2016