The Novato Police Department wants members of the community to join our crime fighting team by joining the Surveillance Camera Registry and Monitoring (SCRAM) program. In continuing to promote the City of Novato’s vision of proactive, problem-solving partnerships with the community, the Police Department has developed a program which allows residents and business owners to voluntarily register the locations of their video surveillance systems with the Department. This new crime prevention and investigative tool allows law enforcement to more easily identify the locations of video surveillance systems and enlist the assistance of the community to help obtain video evidence. The registry is kept confidential. The Department will not have access to footage but will be aware that a camera exists when investigating a crime in or around a particular neighborhood. If a crime occurs in the vicinity or an adjoining neighborhood, the police may, if necessary, contact participants of the program and request a copy of their footage for evidence or investigative leads.
Previously, members of the police department were often charged with going door to door to ask residents and business owners if security cameras were present. This new tool will allow for increased thoroughness and efficiency when confronting criminal activity in the City of Novato. By capitalizing on technology and proactively engaging the community in crime prevention efforts, the City of Novato can continue to thrive as a City that Works.
Do you have a surveillance camera at your residence or business? Register your cameras today.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact: Caitlin Doyle.