Welwyn Hatfield police launch ‘CCTV and Doorbell Video Camera Watch’
PUBLISHED: 09:25 14 February 2018
Police are trying to build a map of where CCTV is available across Welwyn Hatfield in order to help them trace suspects and make arrests more swiftly.
In a message to the public, Watch Liaison Officer Derrick Sweeney said: “If an incident happens in your road, the police investigating teams often call on neighbours who have CCTV or doorbell video camera to see if any images have been captured that can help with their investigations.
“In some cases this has been very successful and has led to arrests.
“As you can imagine, timeliness is key if we are to arrest suspects quickly.
“Creating these new watches will help us create a map across the district of where we can locate these facilities.
“The investigation teams can then access the OWL system [neighbourhood watch messaging system] and contact the owner immediately without the need to carry out a survey of roads or adjoining roads thus saving valuable time in the investigation process.
“Quite often, any potential images are overwritten after a short period, so hopefully this initiative will give us a head start in the investigation process.
“If you are happy to assist the police with this initiative, please let me know if you have a CCTV or doorbell video camera and I will add you to the relevant new watch.
“As with the neighbourhood watch scheme on OWL, all the information stored is protected and will never be shared with other agencies or enterprises.
“Let’s combat crime together.”
To sign up, email your name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org