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Register Every Camera Initiative [REC]

Would you like to help solve crime in your neighborhood?

Video cameras are increasingly being used in both residential and commercial properties to prevent crime. As such, video surveillance has become extremely helpful in solving crimes, identifying perpetrators, and serves as valuable evidence in court.

Police investigations frequently involve officers and/or detectives canvassing neighborhoods looking for cameras. Knowing ahead of time where cameras are located greatly speeds investigations by allowing officers and/or detectives to prioritize where to begin looking for evidence. Many times the best available video evidence isn’t of the crime itself, but of pathways and streets leading into and out of the scene.

In an effort to continue our commitment to providing excellent police services, the Lakewood Police Department is forming a community partnership that all residents and business that have cameras on their property can register with the police department.

Participation in this partnership is completely voluntary. All registered information will be kept confidential and will only be viewed by authorized Lakewood Police Department personnel. We are not asking and will not monitor your cameras. This is strictly to be used as an investigative tool to aide officers and detectives.

If you are interested in participating in this partnership with the Lakewood Police Department, please complete the online form here..

Please send an email to rec@lakewoodpolicenj.com if you have additional questions.

News 12 Story on the Register Every Camera initiative. Video available here.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q – Will my personal information from filling out the registration form be secure?
A – Yes, your information will only be viewed by authorized Lakewood Police Department personnel.

Q – Is the Lakewood Police Department asking to view my security cameras live?
A – No, this partnership is completely voluntary. You will only be contacted if a crime occurs in your neighborhood and you are willing to share any footage your cameras may have recorded and/or photographed.