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Big brother or little buddy? N.J. bill would require private surveillance camera registration

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Big brother or little buddy? N.J. bill would require private surveillance camera registration

Register your guns, register your cameras, what’s next?

Per the bill, a municipality would establish a private outdoor video surveillance camera registry and require any owner of a camera to register it with the municipal police department.

“This will help law enforcement officials with investigations of criminal activity and save valuable time and resources by providing them with a registry to determine whether a camera is located near where criminal activity occurred,” said Caputo.

Stanford said he frequently informs his customers — especially those in the market for outdoor cameras — that any recordings which may be of interest to police can be obtained by authorities. It can turn into a “time-consuming” process, he said, with recordings of the event being offloaded to USB drives or burned onto DVDs.

To that end, he even wondered if police should worry about the cost of stringing up their own expensive systems when the public can be called upon to help.

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