How does the Camera Registry Program work?
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is committed to our partnership with residents and business owners. Many residents and business owners currently operate surveillance systems at their homes and/or businesses. As crimes occur nearby, they are not always aware that their system may have captured information that could help solve the crime. In turn, the deputies are also not always aware who may have this potentially vital information. The CRP will help bridge this information gap, thus keeping the community safer.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents and businesses, within Sheriff’s jurisdiction, to register their privately owned surveillance camera systems. As the Sheriff’s Office responds to criminal incidents within the community, they 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. The CRP does not allow access for deputies to watch or monitor your video surveillance system. This program is simply a registry to let us know you have a video surveillance system. Residents and business owners maintain control and ownership of their surveillance camera systems and its data.
What are the benefits to registering your camera?
The Camera Registry Program will help the Sheriff’s Office quickly identify nearby cameras that may have captured criminal activity. After registering your camera, you would only be contacted by the Sheriff’s Office if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your security camera. Sheriff’s personnel, if necessary, may request to view your camera footage to assist in the investigation. Help the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office to keep your community safe!
Registration is simple and only takes a few minutes to complete. You will provide basic information and tell us where your cameras are located. There is no cost associated with registering and you may opt out of the program at any time. Your personal information will be kept confidential unless subject to disclosure by a court order. Your information will be accessed by law enforcement personnel who are conducting a specific, criminal investigation.
Once you have completed the registration process, your contact information and camera location will be entered into a Sheriff’s database. A member of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office will contact you to confirm the information you provided is accurate. Once registered, you will only be contacted by the Sheriff’s Office only if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your camera and footage is being requested. Responding to a request for surveillance footage is voluntary; registering your video surveillance system does not obligate you to provide footage. Protect yourself, your families and your community by registering with our Camera Registry Program. For questions about the program please contact Captain Jeffrey Puente at (408)808-4400