MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (KABC) --With security cameras a constant fact of life in public areas these days, police departments are increasingly seeking help from private camera owners to solve crimes.
In Manhattan Beach, the police department is now asking residents and businesses to voluntarily register their exterior security cameras.
The program would not give police unrestricted direct access to the live feeds. Instead, it would just make it easier for investigators to contact a camera's owner to ask for surveillance footage which may help solve a crime.
"Whether it's facing a sidewalk, a parking lot, a public area - once they register with us, we can contact them, and retrieve that video," said Manhattan Beach police Lt. Christian Eichenlaub.
Most residents and businesses said they would be willing to help police with access to security footage as long as it is needed to help solve a crime
Manhattan Beach Mayor Mark Burton said he hopes the program sends a message to criminals:
"We want to make sure that anyone who's thinking about committing a crime in Manhattan Beach (understands): Don't come here - you will be on camera and we will find you and we will arrest you."
A form to sign up for the program is available on the city's website.