Since 2001, Wilmington Police have partnered with Downtown Visions to monitor activity from a network of more than 70 cameras, now they want access to more ‘eyes in the sky.’
Downtown Visions says it has used its surveillance camera network to help police and fire department respond to more than 600 incidents in Wilmington since its inception. Wilmington Police are now eager to expand the number of cameras they can access in the event of a crime.
Police are asking both residents and businesses in the community that may have private cameras installed outside their homes or businesses to sign up to voluntarily share footage with police. Through a partnership called Shared Vision, if a crime is committed near a home or business that is part of the program, detectives would contact the owner and ask for permission to review their security footage.
Police stress that the program would be voluntary. Any one interested in taking part in the program is asked to complete a survey on the city’s website.