Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office hopes to solve more crimes with more surveillance cameras

Posted at 4:31 PM, Sep 07, 2016

Carjackings, bank robberies and a brutal attack are examples of crimes that were caught on surveillance cameras and helped police make arrests. 

Now, Cuyahoga County Prosecutors want to create a map and database of surveillance cameras.

The security camera program is voluntary.

“We want to get all the evidence to the juries that we can,” said Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor Lorraine DuBose.

DuBose will oversee the surveillance camera registration program.

Prosecutors would like homeowners, and businesses to let the prosecutor's office know if they have a surveillance camera.

The program is just starting and they want to get the word out.

"We're in partnership with some police departments, some community groups, to get this information into our database, then push it back out to law enforcement," DuBose said.

DuBose said knowing the addresses of where the cameras are would help police get crucial evidence sooner, closing the gap between when the crime happened and when police get their hands and eyes on the video.

"Video surveillance is a great piece of evidence, it's a clear piece of evidence that can either exonerate somebody or implicate them," DuBose said.

Those interested can sign up by filling out a form on the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's website.

Prosecutors said none of the cameras would be live streamed, only used after a crime was committed.