Windsor Police: New Security Camera Registry Launched
Windsor Police are launching a security camera registry, a move a local business owner welcomes after his bakery was robbed earlier this year.
Police are asking residents and businesses in Windsor and Amherstburg to tape their cameras to help police with their investigations.
The program is voluntary, so signing up does not give law enforcement any rights or privileges over your security camera. A protocol is in place to access the images.
“We have yet to get in touch with this person and get their permission for any CCTV they may have captured,” said officer Talya Natyshak.
The police cannot view your live cameras, but will compile a list of camera locations as a starting point to investigate.
“Really looking for video cameras, driving through the alleys. Maybe it’s dark, maybe we’re missing a camera that was actually there,” Natyshak explained.
The camera information is valuable and helped officers in a recent incident near Sweet Revenge Bake Shop on Erie Street near Mercer Street.
“On Mercer Street here there was an assault and I called an officer in because he saw our camera and demanded to see the footage,” owner Alex Lakhoian said. “We were able to get a copy of the footage and get a full recollection of what happened.”
Lakhoian said he would register.
His bakery was robbed in January and another tenant was the victim.
“Criminals come from different regions and it helps to piece together where they came from,” Lakhoian said. “Yeah, maybe it wouldn’t have helped prevent the crime, but it might have helped find the people who committed the crime.”
Those wishing to register can do so through the online reporting section of the Windsor Police Service website. You can withdraw at any time and the police will never have to come to your home.
“We just send a link and they can send that video directly to us,” Natyshak said. “So it’s extremely fast and streamlined for us now and it will be a big step forward.”