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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > July 2015 > Safe Cam Program To City Of Buffalo

Safe Cam Program To City Of Buffalo

Safe Cam encourages more city businesses and residents to register their private cameras with Buffalo Police Department

July 9, 2015 – Surveillance footage can be a great tool for solving crimes and today Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Police Commissioner Dan Derenda announced the start of Safe Cam, a highly effective crime fighting program that calls on city businesses and residents to register their private cameras with the Buffalo Police Department (BPD), further enhancing and expanding the department’s surveillance camera database.

“We see surveillance cameras nearly everywhere we go, but only a couple hundred actually belong to the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown.  “By adding privately owned residential and business security cameras to the mix, we can effectively blanket the city with security cameras, helping our investigators access information more quickly and potentially solve crimes even faster.”

BPD does not take ownership of the cameras under the Safe Cam program. Instead, investigators would simply know where the cameras are as people register – so - if a crime happens in a particular neighborhood, detectives will already know a camera is nearby and footage can be pulled up in real time. 

Under Mayor Brown’s direction, BPD created and installed a citywide camera surveillance system that now includes over 210 cameras.  The system is expected to expand to 220 state-of-the-art cameras by the end of 2015. 

Last year, Mayor Brown directed BPD to learn more about the Safe Cam program that was initiated by the Philadelphia Police Department.  In just a few years, Philadelphia Police have registered 2,400 cameras all over the city (and counting) and made 191 arrests based on civilian video-footage.

Registration is easy.  Go to www.bpdny.org and click on the services tab where you will find Buffalo safecam.  Fill out the on-line form.  For more information about the Buffalo Police Department, go to www.bpdny.org - Twitter:  @BPDAlerts - Facebook: Buffalo Police Department - Instagram: BUFFALO_POLICE_DEPT.