Many local law enforcement agencies have video surveillance registration programs where residents and businesses can voluntarily register the location of their video surveillance systems. By doing this, we can easily identify cameras that may have captured footage from a crime. This saves precious time when trying to get a criminal off the street since investigators don’t have to spend hours canvassing an area for video footage.
The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office offers video camera registration for residential or business cameras. If you have a private video camera at your residence or place of business you can register it with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. In the event of a crime, traffic collision, or other law enforcement related incident near the area where the registered camera is located, sheriff’s office personnel will be able to contact the owner of the camera to request the footage. By being able to quickly locate and view camera footage, the sheriff’s office will be better able to identify possible suspects and bring them to justice.
How does it work?
Complete the registration form and your camera information will be entered into a database that is maintained by the sheriff’s office. If an incident occurs in your area, investigators will be able to quickly access the database, identify businesses and residences in the area that have cameras, contact the owners of the camera and request footage which may help identify suspects and assist with the apprehension and prosecution of those involved.
Information provided to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office regarding camera systems will be for law enforcement use only. All personal information will be as confidential as possible, and not available for public dissemination.
How can I register?
If your residence or business has video cameras, you can register them in one-of-three ways:
2) Complete the form in person at the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office located at 13301 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
3) Contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 763-324-5179 and register over the phone.
The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office recognizes that they cannot prevent or solve crime alone. The sheriff’s office has had a long-standing relationship with the community and the camera registration program is another way for law enforcement and community to work together to help keep our cities safe.