Bucyrus Police Department Unveils Virtual Neighborhood Watch

  • 2/5/2019 9:42:03 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

BUCYRUS, OH - The Bucyrus Police Department unveiled their new "Virtual Neighborhood Watch" Program to the public this week, offering residents the opportunity to register their private cameras to take part in a digital surveillance network.

"Most of our programs are neighborhood-watch oriented," said Lieutenant Tom Walker of the Bucyrus Police Department. "We have a very active neighborhood watch program, and this program is going to be an extension of that. It's a 'virtual' neighborhood watch program."

The Bucyrus Citizens' Observation Program, or "B.C.O.P.", allows business owners, homeowners, and others who own private surveillance equipment to help apprehend criminals who are spotted committing crimes. By making a list of cameras posted around the city, officers can more easily identify surveillance systems that may have captured suspects of a crime and accessing their footage.

"If a home is broken into, a car is stolen, or the worst case of all, a child goes missing, your video may be the difference in a quick resolution to the incident," reads a post on the Bucyrus Police Department's Facebook page. "Without a partnership with our residential and business community, the police are only part of the solution."

While the Police Department is asking for people to step up and take part in the program to help protect the community, the program is completely optional.

"It's absolutely voluntary," Walker continued. "Nobody can be forced to do this. The advantages of doing it, though, are twofold: First and foremost, we are going to have immediate access to camera footage. It's kind of hard to say you didn't do something if you're on camera. The second thing is... those people in that neighborhood are going to know firsthand about the crime that's going on in their neighborhood. That partnership is going to help us overall in protecting the citizens of the community."

To register for the program, visit the Bucyrus Police Department Facebook Page and submit your application with the appropriate information through your local post office or by e-mail.

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