National security camera network launches in Philly
December 11, 2012By Shannon McDonald
Philly became the first dedicated CommunityCam city Tuesday, the first is what's supposed to be an online crowdsourced network of security cameras.
Launched by VideoSurveillance.com, the site allows any individual, business or community organization to add their own securities to the national network. Crime victims can then use the site to see if a camera happened to catch the crime.
Have a camera you want to add?
Go to: http://www.videosurveillance.com/communitycam/
Log into Google, Gmail, or YouTube
Move the map around using the direction keys in the upper left corner until you find the address you want to use
In the top left, click the blue “balloon maker” icon and drag it to the exact camera location on the map
Add the title of the location; if it is a business or government building enter the name of the building; if it is a private residence, enter “Private Residence;” IMPORTANT: do not include any private information, person / family names, or unlisted contact information
Click “save” and the location will be added to the map
The Philadelphia Police Department has its own crowdsourced camera network. SafeCam debuted more than a year ago and allows camera owners to register their surveillance systems with the PPD so police know where to look for crime footage.