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Virtual Neighborhood Watch Program - Camera Registration

  1. Burlington Police Department’s Virtual Neighborhood Watch Program Camera Registration

  2. Help the Burlington Police Department by letting us know you have a doorbell camera or exterior video surveillance equipment.

    The Burlington Police Department is reaching out to Burlington residents and business owners for help in keeping our community safe. Security camera systems can be a great crime deterrent, and the video footage captured can be helpful in a Police investigation. Neighborhood canvasses can take up a large amount of time for detectives, and time can be critical when officers are looking for information and trying to identify critical investigative leads. Often, security camera systems capture valuable information; however it may go undiscovered if the resident or business owner is unaware of what took place. For detectives, knowing who may have valuable video evidence of a crime or critical incident enhances their efficiency and effectiveness in keeping our community safe. When the community works together in conjunction with the Burlington Police Department to keep the streets safe, we all benefit.

  3. How does the Virtual Neighborhood Watch Program work?

    The program allows residents and business owners to register the availability of security camera systems or doorbell cameras with the Burlington Police Department. The Burlington Police Department will then more readily know the locations of nearby video cameras, and will contact the owner if needed. The Burlington Police Department will only contact registered camera owners if a criminal incident occurs within the vicinity of the respective security camera and if the detectives believe the footage could assist in the investigation. Detectives would then ask the registered camera owner to let them review video during the time period in which the incident occurred. The Burlington Police Department will NOT have remote access to your cameras, and CANNOT access your cameras without your knowledge. Authorized detectives will only have access to your name, address, and contact information. Being a part of the Virtual Neighborhood Watch Program is completely VOLUNTARY, and you can ask to be removed from the program at any time. If you are voluntarily enrolled in the program and a request is made by the Burlington Police Department for video, you have the right to refuse that request.

  4. What about my privacy?

    Your privacy is important to the Burlington Police Department, and we will make every effort to protect it. The information you provide will not be released to anyone who does not have a lawful right to it. Even within the Burlington Police Department, only those employees who have a legitimate reason to access the information will be privy to it.

  5. Questions?

    Please contact Major Adam Schaefer at 319-753-8354 or email at schaefera@burlingtoniowa.org or Detective William Reddick at 319-753-8375 or email at reddickw@burlingtoniowa.org with any questions or to discuss further.

  6. Frequently Asked Questions

  7. Will the Burlington Police Department be able to watch footage through my cameras remotely without my knowledge?

    No, your cameras and the stored camera footage are your property and we do not have access to them. In the event an officer or detective investigating an incident contacts you asking for footage during a specific time period, you may choose to provide the footage requested.

  8. Who will be given access to the video footage I provide?

    Once the video footage is given to the Burlington Police Department, it will be reviewed and utilized by the detectives working on the case. In the event criminal charges are filed on a suspect, the video may be utilized in court at the discretion of the prosecuting attorney.

  9. What if I get contacted by a Burlington detective requesting my video and I don’t want to give it to them?

    You have the right to refuse to provide the video footage.

  10. What if I registered in the past and now I have decided I do not want to be a part of the program anymore?

    You may contact Major Adam Schaefer at 319-753-8354 to un-register at any time without question.

  11. Register for the Burlington Police Department’s Virtual Neighborhood Program:

  12. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

    If necessary, the Burlington Police Department will contact you directly, using the information provided by you at the time of the registration, to request the video surveillance footage pertaining to the case. Any and all video surveillance footage shall remain the property of the registrant until it is requested by the Burlington Police Department and collected from the registrant by the Burlington Police Department. Your voluntary participation in this program shall not be construed as an obligation to release any surveillance video to the Burlington Police Department upon request. Any footage containing or related to criminal activity collected by the Burlington Police Department may be used as evidence during any stage of a criminal proceeding. Under no circumstances shall registrants construe that they are acting as an agent and/or employee of the City of Burlington and/or the Burlington Police Department through the program.

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