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Mentor police launch new program with help of residents to track down package thefts, car break-ins

Posted at 8:10 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 08:10:41-05

CLEVELAND — It’s that time of year when porch pirates are on the lookout for any packages left on the front doorstep. Mentor police are hoping to use the camera’s on your doorstep to help track down these package thieves.

Police are calling the project “S.C.R.A.M.”—surveillance camera registration and mapping.

It’s a program that gives residents and businesses a chance to help officers solve crimes such as package thefts and car break-ins.

Video captured by private security systems can often help police get a lead in a case.

When you register, you’re added to a secure database that allows police to see cameras on a map near a crime.

If a crime happens and your camera is nearby, police may contact you to use the footage and it could be used as evidence to go after the crooks.

The program is voluntary and it does not give police access to your system. It allows police to know what cameras are where when they are tracking down crime.

To sign up for the project, click here.

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