The Ewing Police Department encourages
all township residents to voluntarily register their
home surveillance cameras and video doorbells with the
police department. Registering your cameras will allow
the Ewing Police Department to build a database of
camera locations throughout the township. Registering
your camera will
not provide direct
camera access to the Police Department, but simply alert
us to the presence of the camera.
All of the
information collected in the registration process will
only be available to officers of the Ewing Police
Department. You do not
give up any of your privacy rights by participating in
this program. Having this information will allow
officers to locate potential evidentiary video and
contact the homeowner for a copy in a quick and
efficient manner. We have a high success rate of
identifying suspects in cases where we have video
evidence. This effort will make our town safer as we
leverage the excellent video quality of the popular home
surveillance camera systems.
The owner of the home surveillance
not obligated to provide
anything. By voluntarily registering with the Ewing
Police Department, you are implying that you may be
willing to help. You donít have to be afraid in the
event you cannot share footage because of personal
reasons or system malfunction. No citizens would ever be
held liable for a lack of footage, as this program is
voluntary with township residents consensually allowing
us to view their footage when asked or offered. We
expect that by volunteering for this program, citizens
are willing to share their footage when appropriate.
Voluntarily registering your home surveillance cameras
will have several benefits:
Decrease in crime due to deterrence -
increased likelihood of being caught.
Decrease in crime leads to increase
in property value for homeowners.
Decreased crime leads to increased
local economy for businesses. Patrons will want to
visit more and, in turn, spend more money at local
businesses, which means more jobs for the local
Saving tax dollars by reducing the
time spent on investigations.
The program provides the benefit of being
able to serve your community. If a crime occurs in your
area, you should want to do anything you can to make
sure that those responsible are caught and that it does
not happen again. Voluntarily registering your home
surveillance cameras provides you with a very simple and
nearly effortless way of doing this.
Frequently Asked Questions
By registering my home surveillance
cameras, am I giving the police department access to a
live video feed?
Absolutely not! By registering you are
simply letting the Ewing Police Department know that you
have home surveillance cameras that may be useful in the
future investigation of a crime in your neighborhood.
Does my registering of my cameras
obligate me to share my recorded video if asked?
No. Registering for the program
only indicates that you may be
interested in helping the police department in the event
a crime occurs in your neighborhood. You will not be
held liable for failing to share video if you do not
Will the police department utilize my
home security cameras as part of a surveillance network?
No. The police
department may contact you in the event a crime occurs
in your neighborhood, but the recorded video obtained by
your home surveillance cameras belongs to you and you
alone decide if you wish to share it.
Is Ewing township requiring me
to register my home surveillance cameras?
Registration and participation in the program are
completely voluntary and you are in no way obligated to