Police want residents with surveillance systems to sign up for new program


If you have a surveillance system at your home, police in Wake Village, Texas want your help.  They’ve started a new program to help fight crime.

Interim Chief Todd Aultman wants residents to to get involved with policing their own backyards.  “You just never know what footage is gonna help,” he said. 

The department wants people with home surveillance systems to volunteer their footage to aid in police investigations.  Aultman said, “If there’s a crime in their neighborhood, we’ll call and say hey, Mr. Jones, there’s some stuff that was going on in your neighborhood last night or whatever, we’d like to look at your camera.  Then, they can walk us through.”

Police said the most common crime in their community involves residents leaving their car doors unlocked.  “These vehicle burglars are just going through neighborhoods and just checking car doors that are unlocked,” Aultman said. 

Authorities said all residents have to do to participate is provide their name, address and phone number.  Aultman said, “We don’t have actual access to their system.  It’s just basically to let us know where the cameras are.”  Investigators put a special emphasis on well-traveled roads and intersections.  They hope businesses will take part in the program, too.

About ten residents have signed up to participate so far.  Police said that people on the list will remain anonymous. 

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