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Surveillance camera registry will help downtown businesses fight crime

Local businesses and residents may soon be able to help police fight crime with their cameras.

Last week council discussed creating a registry for surveillance cameras owned by businesses and individuals. Instead of needing to go door-to-door and ask for footage during an investigation, police would be able to directly access the registry.

Councillor Sean Smyth proposed the idea at last week’s meeting, the rest of council agreed it was a good idea. Councillor Doug Chapman says it will speed up investigations for the RCMP and hopefully help them solve crimes more quickly.

The city’s Community Safety Director Jeff Ford says the program will be voluntary.

Councillor Ben Lanyon pointed out several other communities in BC have similar programs in place, including the Lower Mainland.

Council voted to go ahead with the project, staff are now working out details with RCMP.

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