By registering with this program, residents are not obligated to provide the video and they are not giving direct video access to the police. By registering, residents are simply providing police with another potential tool for keeping West Chester neighborhoods safe.
The Neighborhood Watch program started in the 1950s, and neighbors today still report suspicious or unusual activity in their neighborhood. Today, technology can enhance Neighborhood Watch by offering the ability to share information, images and video in real time through social media apps such as Nextdoor.com, Neighbors App by Ring, Facebook, etc. This technology takes Neighborhood Watch programs to a new level.
Police say the West Chester community has always worked hand-in-hand with police officers to fight crime. With easily available and accessible home security cameras, the community has the ability to share even more information and faster in order to make our communities safer.
Registration for the program can be found here.
With questions or concerns about utilizing cameras with the Neighborhood Watch program, please contact Officer Daniel Dean, public affairs officer, at 513-759-3985 or ddean@WestChesterOH.org.