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VideoSurveillance.com Expands Its Popular CommunityCam Initiative

VideoSurveillance.com Expands Its Popular CommunityCam Initiative

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08/21/2013

 
VideoSurveillance.com Expands Its PopularCommunityCam Initiative
More than 1,000 Publicly Placed Cameras Plotted in SanFrancisco Bringing U.S. Total to over 5,000
SAN FRANCISCO and PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 19, 2013/PRNewswire/ -- VideoSurveillance.com, a virtual security integrator,today announced the expansion of its CommunityCam initiative to SanFrancisco. CommunityCam is a free crowdsourced security camera mapthat creates consumer benefit in the network of privately placed cameras.The concept, initially introduced in other major U.S. cities such asPortland to provide local citizens and law enforcement with aninnovative tool to anticipate, prevent and solve street crime, has now been implemented in San Francisco.(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130819/SF66127)
 
In an effort to build safer neighborhoods, VideoSurveillance.com hasmade CommunityCam a free website for anyone with Internet access.CommunityCam can be used by victims of crime to check for nearbysurveillance cameras that may have recorded an incident, simply byvisitinghttp://www.VideoSurveillance.com/CommunityCam.  Individuals can then report the location of that camera to the police or ask neighbors for help."We've been very pleased with the positive response we've received incities like Portland to CommunityCam, and are thrilled to be rolling thecrime-solving resource out in San Francisco," said Josh Daniels, president and founder of VideoSurveillance.com. "Our hope is thatCommunityCam will become a critical tool for local law enforcementand empower citizens to take part in solving and preventing crime intheir communities."CommunityCam users have plotted the location of more than 1,000cameras in the greater San Francisco area to date, and over 5,000 in theU.S. overall. Districts that have been most heavily populated includeDowntown/Financial District, Northbeach/Chinatown/Wharf, Marina,Sunset, Richmond, Soma/South Beach, Haight/Western Addition andMission/Castro.San Francisco joins other progressive cities, including Las Vegas,Philadelphia, Portland and Seattle, to help create safer communities.Citizens of these cities have adopted this easy-to-use crowdsourcing toolto map camera locations, including businesses, schools, or any cameravisible from public property. CommunityCam is intended to benefit a broad number of people, including cyclists, runners, and walkers, whoare vulnerable to hit-and-run accidents.

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