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Posted on: November 18, 2021

What is the RCMP CAPTURE Program?

Image of the CAPTURE YouTube video

If a crime happened on your street, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find out if a neighbour caught anything on their home security camera? Well, that’s exactly what the RCMP’s CAPTURE program aims to do, for the entire community!



What is the CAPTURE Program?

CAPTURE stands for Community Assisted Policing Through the Use of Recorded Evidence.

It is a security camera registry program where Chestermere residents and businesses can register the location of their security cameras with the RCMP.
 
We are interested in building a list of outdoor security cameras, or any security camera with an outdoor viewpoint only. 

How is the CAPTURE program used?

When a crime occurs in the community, the RCMP will conduct inquiries, consult with witnesses and attempt to view any relevant CCTV or security camera footage.

With the CAPTURE registry, Officers can quickly and easily consult the list of security cameras to see if there is one registered in the area where the crime took place.

If there is a registered camera in that area, The RCMP investigator will reach out directly to the home or business owner and ask them to voluntarily share their footage from a specific day and time.

If I register, do police have full access to view or monitor my live camera footage feed at any time?

No. When you register, you are only providing RCMP with the location of your cameras, as well as a general explanation of the viewpoint of your cameras and your contact information so police can connect with you if they need to view your footage. 

The police will not have access to any live video feed of any participant, nor will they be able to access your system without your consent. 

The program is entirely voluntary and you are not obligated to provide RCMP with any information or images from your security cameras if you don’t want to.

Your information is kept completely private and only RCMP members can see the list of camera locations. You can also easily withdraw your information from the website at any time.

If I agree to provide footage, how will police be able to view the footage on my camera?

The police will not physically remove any of your equipment. Officers will provide you with a storage device and ask that you extract the footage at your convenience at your home or business and provide it to them.

Why is this helpful to RCMP and the Community?

This knowledge of security camera locations in the community, and the voluntary sharing of footage can help the RCMP to conduct investigations and resolve crimes more efficiently.

By registering your camera, you are taking an active role in deterring crime and assisting the RCMP with their overall crime prevention goals in your community.

Through this program the police and citizens of Chestermere are partnering together to make the community safer for everyone!

The belief is that as more homes and businesses enroll in the program, this will aid in deterring criminals from committing crimes, and help make Chestermere the safest community in the Calgary Urban Area.

As much as we want to prevent crime, RCMP can’t be everywhere all the time but your surveillance cameras are.  By enrolling in CAPTURE, the RCMP know who in the neighbourhood might be willing to share their camera images to help us catch these criminals.

Register for the CAPTURE program today at www.chestermerecapture.ca.

 

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