Security Camera Registry

As more and more people install security cameras as part of their efforts to deter crime in their neighbourhoods, the Barrie Police Service is launching a camera registry to assist officers in quickly determining the location of security cameras that may assist in investigations. 

The Camera Registry is a completely voluntary, free initiative that only asks residents and businesses to complete a brief registration form to identify the location of their external-facing cameras. If an incident happens in the area, police may contact you to ask if your camera captured any relevant footage. 

Police never have access to your camera equipment or feed, and camera owners can decline to participate when contacted. Security camera footage has been critical in investigations within our community as well as across Ontario, with cameras capturing footage that proves helpful in criminal investigations, as well as cases like missing persons. 

By registering your security camera, you can be a part of preventing and addressing crime in your neighbourhood. 

Online Security Camera Registry Disclaimer

I acknowledge that by selecting “Yes” in response to this page, Barrie Police Service will collect information that can identify me and/or the business I am registering with the Barrie Police Service Online Security Camera Registry (the “Registry”). Such identifying information includes personal and/or business contact information (name, address, phone number and email) and information about surveillance camera(s) in my possession/control.

I acknowledge that the information provided to the Barrie Police Service via the Registry is being voluntarily submitted pursuant to section 29(1) of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act R.S.O. 1990 c. M. 56 (“MFIPPA”). I acknowledge that the information submitted via the Registry and collected by Barrie Police Service will be used by police for law enforcement purposes, such as to contact me for my assistance to access any recordings made by registered surveillance camera(s) that may assist police investigate criminal activity in my area / neighborhood.

I acknowledge that I am the Registrant, that I have the authority to provide information to Barrie Police Service via the Registry and that I have possession/control of any surveillance camera(s) that I register. I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to ensure that the information submitted is current and valid and that Barrie Police Service is notified of any changes via the Registry. I acknowledge that the retention, as well as any other use or disclosure of personal and/or business information will be governed by the requirements of the MFIPPA and Barrie Police Service’s retention schedule. I acknowledge that I may contact [email protected] should I have any questions with respect collection of information via the Registry.

I hereby consent to the collection, use, retention and disclosure of the personal and/or business information provided to Barrie Police Service via the Online Security Camera Registry.

In consideration of Barrie Police Service’s compliance with the collection, use, retention and disclosure of personal and/or business information and surveillance camera(s) information as set out above, I hereby release, waive and forever discharge Barrie Police Service, the Chief of Barrie Police Service and the Barrie Police Services Board from all claims, damages, and causes of action, of any nature or kind whatsoever arising from the collection, use, retention and disclosure of information provided by me to Barrie Police Service via the Registry.

By volunteering to participate in the Online Security Camera Registry, you will assist Barrie Police Service in making a difference in your community. Thank you.

 

I have read and agree to the above qualifiers and legal disclaimer

You must agree to the qualifiers and legal disclaimer to proceed.

Why is the Barrie Police Service creating this registry?

In the course of an investigation, the Barrie Police Service may canvass the surrounding area for home or business security cameras that may provide footage relevant to the investigation. The process takes time and resources. A registry will allow officers to quickly identify the location of nearby cameras, and residents or businesses to contact.

Does registering give police access to my camera feed?

No. By registering, you let police know that you have an external-facing camera on your property. If there is an investigation in the area of your camera, police may reach out to you to ask if you are willing to share any footage your camera may have captured. Police will not access your camera feed or equipment, and you can decline to participate at any time.

Can I un-register?

Yes. If you move, no longer have your cameras, or decide you don’t want to be a part of the registry, you can contact the Barrie Police Service and ask to be removed from the registry.

Do I have to provide footage to police when asked?

No. At all times, your participation remains completely voluntary. Police are hopeful that members of the registry will be willing to provide footage when contacted, but there is no requirement to participate. If there is an investigation near your camera, you may be contacted to ask if you are willing to share any relevant footage, but you can decline at any point.

Will information about my address or camera be shared publicly?

No. Members of the Barrie Police Service will have access to the locations and contact information for those who have submitted their information to the registry.

How often will I be contacted regarding my camera?

We hope we don’t have to contact you regarding your camera at all! You will only be contacted if an incident occurs in your area, and police believe your camera may have captured relevant footage.

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