Philadelphia Police investigators turn to the public to identify suspects on surveillance footage so often that they now have millions of views on their YouTube channel.
We have shared police videos at GunCrisis.org in many cases; after a gunman shot passengers on a SEPTA train, when a man was shot with his son in South Philadelphia, and when investigators sought suspect in the murder of police officer Moses Walker, Jr., last summer.
But surveillance video is useless until investigators find it.
CommunityCam, a new project at videosurveillance.com provides law enforcement and the public at large a region-wide map of the locations of public and private security cameras.
The map of public and private security cameras is crowdsourced, which means that any resident, business owner, association, neighborhood group or government organization can add locations of cameras to help their neighbors, according to a report from 6ABC:
The developers at videosurveillance.com say people who experience crime can use the map to locate cameras that may have captured the activity and ask their neighbors for help.
View the CommunityCam map below or a larger version on Google.
You can also register your camera with the Philadelphia Police SafeCam program, but that does not provide a public map.
And today, newsworks.org has a new story on a similar program in Delware: Wilmington Police looking for surveillance partners