Would you register your home surveillance cameras with the local police department?

Renton, a city south of Seattle, has asked citizens and businesses to register their surveillance cameras with the police department so they can get access to thousands of private cameras installed throughout the city.

From the MyNorthwest.com story: “It’s called the Camera Registration Program. Since it launched Thursday, more than 40 homeowners and business owners have already signed up.”

I understand citizens wanting to do this – catch the bad guys. Yet I would be hesitant to participate in this program.

The police promise your privacy will not be comprised. More from the MyNorthwest.com story:

“Sgt. Christy Mathews told KIRO 7 the partnership was the idea of the department’s Community Programs Division. According to Mathews, surveillance images are typically obtained by officers and detectives knocking on doors, asking business owners and homeowners if a surveillance camera might have captured a particular incident.

Now, the locations of homes and businesses that register with the Camera Registration Program appear as blue dots on a satellite map of Renton. Mathews said other police agencies have databases of available cameras on printed pages, but not on a computer-generated map. She believes Renton PD’s is the first.

The Camera Registration Program is volunteer-only and does not allow police officers to see images in real time.

It simply lets investigators know a camera is in the area and that its owner is willing to cooperate with police officers. Those officers can then “log in from their cars and see there are three houses in this area, and the suspect fled this way, so maybe these three cameras will show something,” Mathews explained.”


What if for some reason you don’t want to turn over your camera data (i.e., you’re doing something embarrassing or your child may be implicated in a crime; or maybe you are coming back from the gun range and unloading your car and now authorities may inquire about safe gun storage)?

Will the police obtain a warrant and compel your turn over camera data?

As with most things related to government and high tech, I would not trust anyone with my personal data AT ALL.

DCG

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Zip-ped-e-doda
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Zip-ped-e-doda

To quote Nancy Reagan – “Just say No” and keep in mind ALWAYS, WHENEVER YOU REGISTER SOMETHING, YOU ARE TRANSFERRING OWNERSHIP. Think you own your car or truck? You don’t because you registered it with the State to get a tin plate and paper title. Ownership is established via holder of the “Certificate of Origin” or MSO that auto dealers must surrender to the State at time of registering. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manufacturer%27s_Certificate_of_Origin Read 19 CFR §181.11 All of this rot and fraud was covertly enacted after the public was weary from WWII under “Color of Law”; Acts and Codes. It is NOT… Read more »

Alma
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Alma

Absolutely NO! I am able to police my home 24/7.

Maryaha
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Maryaha

It’s not the citizens that need to be constantly watched and monitored, it’s the government!? They break the law and flaunt it in our faces daily.

Jackie Puppet
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Jackie Puppet

I would ask to access ALL of their cameras, just to see how they like it. And when they say no, you can tell ’em, there’s your answer…

Joseph BC69
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Joseph BC69

The madness never ceases! That is very curious about the “color of law”. I’ll have to look into it ASAP.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

That and Artificial Intelligence:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qnd-hdmgfk

Dave
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Would you register your home surveillance cameras with the local police department?

Not no, but HELL NO!

Mossy Bloke
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Mossy Bloke

The article stated that it was asked for the cameras to be registered not ordered. If the cops don’t put any cash down toward helping them out they get nothing. Security cameras cost money. It would be different if there was an incentive like replacement insurance if your camera got vandalized. Best thing to do is not let them know you got security cameras.

Steven Broiles
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Jim Morrison of The Doors wrote something very telling and very true: “We are all voyeurs. Not in any clinical or criminal sense, but in the sense that we are all preoccupied with looking into the lives of others.” This is how it always begins: Voluntary registration. And our first comment from Zip is right—whenever you transfer anything over, you are transferring the ownership or control of that thing or service over to the other party. (The fine print of transference is spelled out in admiralty law, which basically presupposes that no one individual owns anything, that people are mere… Read more »

Joseph BC69
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Joseph BC69

Another of your profound postings with insightful comments, using real history.

As you’ve said everything I would have, I will not make comments myself, but I think the word is “inalienable,” not “unalienable”.

Steven Broiles
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Thanks, Joseph. To the best of my knowledge, either word is acceptable. I was thinking of Jefferson’s use of the word.

Dr. Eowyn
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The word is “unalienable” in the Declaration of Independence. See image of Declaration here:
http://www.browsersbookstore.com/media/declaration-of-independence.jpg