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Jennifer Bailey|Commercial-NewsCity of Danville GIS Coordinator Adam Aull looks at the city's website and security camera app in his office at the city's public works building on Voorhees Street earlier this week.

DANVILLE – In less than 24 hours after the announcement of the new app being live on the City of Danville’s website to register security cameras this week, the Danville Police Department saw 10 registrations among city residents and businesses with a total of 54 exterior cameras.

Danville residents can now register their security cameras with the Danville Police Department by clicking on the security camera app/icon on the home page of the city’s website at www.cityofdanville.org. It’s also found on the DPD page on the city’s website.

Questions asked about the security cameras include: if it’s for a business, residence or other; contact person and phone numbers; street address; email; business name; submission date; number of external cameras; video retention period; is the camera on the front, back or side of the structure; does the camera have a view of the street or driveway or public access areas; recording period; is there audio; and how are the videos stored and what is the video copied to.

Then participants can specify the specific location so the police department on its end will see pins dropped on the city map of where the registered security cameras are. The person registering also must agree to the terms and services with the program.

Terms of use:

1. Registration is entirely voluntary.

2. Registrant information is reserved for official use by the City of Danville Police Department.

3. No police personnel will have direct access to registrant's camera.

4. If necessary, the City of Danville Police Department will contact you directly, using the information you provided on the site to request the appropriate video surveillance footage.

5. Any footage containing or related to criminal activity may be collected by the City of Danville Police Department for use as evidence during any stage of a criminal proceeding or to assist with the investigation.

6. An individual’s personal information will be kept confidential by the city, unless subject to disclosure by court order.

7. Under no circumstances shall registrants construe that they are acting as an agent and/or employee of the City of Danville and/or the City of Danville Police Department.

8. Under no circumstances shall the City of Danville utilize any information obtained to view footage/feeds directly from cameras owned by registrants.

9. By clicking the "I Accept" button, participants sign the Agreement electronically. They agree the electronic signature is the legal equivalent of a manual/handwritten signature on this Agreement. By selecting "I Accept," participants consent to be legally bound to this agreement's terms and conditions.

“In an effort to partner with our community the camera registration program would allow officers to quickly determine where footage of a crime may be captured so they can review footage and begin the investigative process,” according to Commander Doug Miller with the Danville Police Department’s Patrol Division.

Residents with any questions regarding the program can contact the Danville Police Department at (217) 431-2220.

Danville Geographic Information System Coordinator Adam Aull gave the police department a demonstration of the registration program at meeting Tuesday with it going live this week.

Aull said it’s a pretty simple process and users don’t have to create a log in. Aull said this app on the city’s website “empowers” the citizens to help city officials solve cases.

He said police officers will be able to type in an address and get a list of the nearest security cameras in that area. The police could select a 500-foot and select those cameras. They could also track security cameras down a street Where a car might have traveled.

Last month, Miller told aldermen that Decatur, Bloomington and other police departments already successfully use security camera registration programs.

“It kind of gives us a head start,” Miller said about solving crimes.

“I think it’s a great program,” he added, also saying there’s no cost to the city or taxpayers.

Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said when people ask what they can do to help the police solve crimes, the security camera registration is one thing they can do.

Williams said video cameras have helped solve several crimes on housing authority property.

The hope also is if people are willing to register their cameras they will come forth anytime with information helpful to police.

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