Prosecutor: surveillance camera registry to help fight crime

CLEVELAND (AP) — A new voluntary registry of video surveillance cameras in a northeast Ohio county is intended to help solve and deter crime throughout that county.

An assistant county prosecutor in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County says the registry can be accessed through an app and will help investigators swiftly find cameras in areas where crimes have been reported. It’s also expected to speed up the process of finding video evidence during investigations.

Owners are asked to voluntarily register their surveillance cameras through the county prosecutor’s website. That information will be shared only with law enforcement.

County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty says investigators must have camera owners’ permission to view and copy video.

The county program is based on similar ones in New York City and San Francisco and already has registered nearly 700 cameras.