Riverside County hopes “Security Camera Registration” program will help both deter & solve crimes
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has announced a new program that will allow residents and business owners to register their security camera systems with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Saying, “Security cameras can be a powerful tool in crime deterrence,” department spokesperson Sergeant Albert Martinez explained the newly announced registry today. The program will help with gathering critical information related to crimes potentially captured on your surveillance videos and will be used to help deter criminal activity and assist deputies with their investigations, according to Albert.
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“Your participation in this program will help expand our investigative abilities and help identify potential witnesses or criminals,” Albert said; while assuring potential registrants, “Registering your camera in this program does not give us free or unrestricted access to your cameras or recorded video.”
“Participation in the program does not alter your rights to privacy in any way and it is completely voluntary,” Albert continued. “Your registration will allow our investigators to create a readily accessible database to aid them in locating crucial evidence to help solve crimes.”
Albert went on to explain that when a crime is committed anywhere near a security camera may be located, the department will refer to the “Security Camera Registration” list to identify any possible cameras that may have captured something of interest.
“We will then contact the camera’s owner and request they provide security video from the date and time of the crime,” Albert explained. “This process greatly expedites and enhances the investigation and may lead to the quick apprehension of the criminal.”
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“We will not have access to your security camera footage unless you provide it,” Albert continued; adding, “Registration information is kept confidential and the registrant can withdraw from the program any time.”
There is no fee to participate in the Security Camera Registration and If you have a residential or business security camera and are interested in additional information or want to enroll in the program, visit the department’s Camera Registration Webpage.
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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.