Philadelphia police department asking individuals and businesses to participate in SafeCam program
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PHILADELPHIA, PA., July 17, 2015 – According to a report published in ABC 6 Action News, Philadelphia police are requesting the public’s help in tracking down individuals suspected of criminal activity. The Police Department used an attempted home invasion as an example of how in-home and exterior surveillance cameras can help police catch suspected criminals.
The SafeCam program was launched in 2011 and involves private parties registering their surveillance cameras with the Philadelphia Police Department. Once registered and verified, law enforcement authorities may contact participants in the program to obtain surveillance footage if a criminal incident may have be captured by the registered camera. Although the camera that captured the attempted home invasion was not registered, it helped police obtain leads within an hour of the incident. Authorities indicate that approximately 1,000 systems were registered through the program last year.
While surveillance footage certainly has the potential to deter crime and help police track down criminals, it also can result in poor policing and misidentification of suspects. In some cases, surveillance footage may not capture the entirety of an incident, possible omitting relevant information that substantially changes the legality of the conduct that was captured on film. In other cases, the footage captured may have been obtained in violation of an individual’s constitutional rights, making it inadmissible in court. As a result, it is advisable for anyone who is accused of a crime based on video surveillance footage in whole or in part to consult with a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Founded in 2005 by attorney Brian Zeiger, The Zeiger Firm is a Philadelphia criminal defense law firm that represents people accused of a variety of criminal offenses, including assault, gun possession, online solicitation, underage drinking, child pornography, underage drinking, violent crimes, and others. In addition to his work protecting the rights of individuals accused of crimes, Mr. Zeiger also pursues civil actions on behalf of people who have been the victim of police brutality. Individuals who wish to schedule a consultation with Mr. Zeiger can contact his office by calling 215-546-0340.
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