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El Paso County Sheriff’s program turns your cameras into a crime fighting tool

Posted at 12:28 PM, Dec 11, 2018

EL PASO COUNTY – We’ve all seen videos of “porch pirates” grabbing just delivered items from outside homes in El Paso County and the rest of the nation.

Here at News5 we’ve highlighted these crimes in order to help people keep their property secure and hopefully help track down the culprits.  But did you know local law enforcement can also use home security video footage to gather information about other crimes?

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Video Partnership program launched in November 2017 is voluntary for all home and business owners within the county. What helps investigators is a view of public areas, including streets, parking lots, alleyways, sidewalks, and more.  With a list of registered video security systems those investigators can contact owners when there is a crime nearby and they are in search of evidence.

Here’s how to register for free by simply providing your contact information, address, direction camera is facing and camera quality. You can leave the program at any time. Being part of the program does not mean authorities can access your cameras remotely or use the system to actively watch the area.

Register online at hwww.epcsheriffsoffice.com/, or print out an application (PDF) in order to mail or email it to the program coordinator.

  • Mailing Address: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office 27 E. Vermijo Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903
  • Email: shrCommunity@elpasoco.com

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