VideoSurveillance.com, an integrator of surveillance equipment and systems, launches CommunityCam, a publicly accessible surveillance-camera-mapping tool that can help solve crimes by letting law enforcement quickly know if a surveillance camera is located in the vicinity of a crime scene.
The goal of CommunityCam is to provide local citizens and law enforcement with the tools necessary in the unfortunate event of a street crime, according to VideoSurveillance.com. Should a person become a victim of a crime, he or she can use CommunityCam to check for nearby surveillance cameras that may have recorded the incident, and then report the location of that camera to the police, the company says.
“We are very excited to be launching CommunityCam, because we know that when public and private surveillance cameras work together, there is a better chance of catching criminals and righting wrongs,” said Josh Daniels, VideoSurveillance.com’s president and CEO.
VideoSurveillance.com launch of CommunityCam includes providing the location of surveillance cameras in Portland, Ore. Over 2,000 outdoor cameras in the greater Portland metro area have been mapped, including those in businesses, schools, on city property, or any camera visible from public property, the company says.
Presently, no other online map has successfully documented security camera locations in the Pacific Northwest, VideoSurveillance.com says. With CommunityCam, the public will have an additional resource for collecting video evidence, the firm says.
VideoSurveillance.com provides instructions for using the CommunityCam website. Those instructions are:
- First time users will be prompted to submit their email addresses.
- Once logged in, the camera will show up on the map for the public to see.
- Navigate the map and click on the blue balloons to zoom in on areas of interest.
- Click the red camera icons to see camera location details.
Click here to access the CommunityCam website.