Bloomfield Police Department Announce New ‘Neighborhood Watch 2.0’ Program

Monday, August 28, 2017

Township of Bloomfield and Bloomfield Police Department Announce New ‘Neighborhood Watch 2.0’ Program

Bloomfield Police Collaborating with Residents and Business Owners to Reduce Crime

BLOOMFIELD, NJ--Today Mayor Michael Venezia and Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio announced the implementation of ‘Neighborhood Watch 2.0’, a new police and civilian collaboration to solve crimes. The Bloomfield Police Department, with participation from the public, is seeking to compile a list of resident and business-owned surveillance cameras throughout Bloomfield in order to aid police investigations through private security footage in the event of a crime in the area. The program is expected to expedite investigations and save time by allowing police officers to consult a database of private security cameras, rather than needing to inquire with residents and business owners.

Participation in this new program is entirely voluntary and residents and businesses can sign up by contacting Lt. Vincent Kerney at 973-680-4069 or vkerney@bloomfieldnjpd.com.

“Many home security systems are installed with outside-facing cameras that often can produce valuable evidence in criminal cases,” said Mayor Venezia. “The footage on these cameras is the property of their owner, and we are confident that residents will volunteer to share their security footage with Bloomfield Police Detectives if it helps solve and stop crimes in their neighborhoods.”

The Bloomfield Police Department has shared flyers about this new program, which asks residents and businesses to volunteer information about the range and placement of their home security system cameras. Footage from registered surveillance cameras can be instrumental in catching criminals.  

“Neighborhood Watch 2.0 is a modern take on civilian neighborhood policing,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “We think residents and business owners will be eager to help build a database of locations that may capture footage of crimes. More police access to surveillance cameras will lead to quicker arrests and could allow us to further reduce crime in Bloomfield.”

As outlined by Neighborhood Watch 2.0, if a crime is committed near where a registered surveillance camera is placed, a Bloomfield Police Detective will ask the home or business owner for access to that camera’s footage, which residents may legally refuse. Registration of a surveillance camera does not give anyone access to the owner’s private video footage without their consent.

For any additional information please contact Philip Swibinski at 201-864-0600 or philip.swibinski@vmmi.net.


 

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