Security Camera Registry and Protection System (SCRAPS)
Do you currently utilize private video surveillance at your home or business? If you do, we'd like to hear from you.
Video surveillance is one of the best methods for apprehending criminals and convicting suspects who are caught in the act of committing a crime. Installing video surveillance is a great example of community-police partnerships and is something we highly value as a police agency serving our community.
How does it work?
The Lansdale Police Department is committed to our partnership with residents and business owners. Many business owners and residents currently operate surveillance systems at their businesses and/or homes. As crimes occur nearby, we are not always aware that their system may have captured information that could help solve the crime, thus keeping our communities safer. In turn, the police are also not always aware who may have this potentially vital information.
Lansdale Police is asking residents and businesses across our jurisdiction to register their privately owned surveillance camera systems. As the Lansdale Police Department responds to criminal incidents in our community, we may be able to use the information or footage gathered from the security cameras to assist in the apprehension and prosecution of the criminals involved.
What are the benefits of registering my camera?
By registering with us, we can quickly identify nearby cameras that may have captured criminal activity. After registering your camera, you would only be contacted by the Lansdale Police Department if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your security camera. Police personnel, if necessary, may request to view your camera footage in order to assist in the investigation. Make your neighborhood an undesirable place for criminals to commit crime and help keep our entire community safe!
Do I have to comply with police request for video even if I registered for the program?
No. Registration into the SCRAPS program allows police to contact you in the event that a crime is committed in your neighborhood. You are under no obligation to give police video anytime you do not want to.
Information provided to the Lansdale Police Department regarding your camera systems will be for official use only. Your personal information is confidential and will not be for public dissemination. If you have additional questions or concerns about the program, please email Detective Chad Bruckner or call (267) 642-9413.