Natrona County, Wyoming (January 25, 2022) – Crime Stoppers of Central Wyoming is sharing information and best practices surrounding home security cameras in an effort to encourage better usage of these extremely helpful tools in fighting criminal activity in our community.
The Crime Stoppers of Central Wyoming Board consists of representatives from different sectors of the community including local and large businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and law enforcement agencies. The board meets quarterly to discuss, among other topics, emerging crime trends in Natrona County. This quarter, members of the board from both law enforcement and non-law enforcement organizations recognized the need for an education initiative surrounding the best usage of home security cameras.
“Home security cameras are extremely helpful in keeping residents and the entire community safe,” said Crime Stoppers of Central Wyoming President John Becker. “Unfortunately, local law enforcement often runs into an all too common problem – cameras that are not working properly, not pointing in the right direction, or not being reviewed regularly. By taking the time to ensure we are all using our home security systems to their best ability, we can come together when needed to create strong cases against criminals acting within our neighborhoods.”
Anyone with a home security camera system should consider the following tips:
- Point security cameras in the direction of highest activity such as where you park your car or your home entryway. Ensure cameras remain clean and the view is not impeded.
- Check the history of your cameras regularly, even if you are not notified to do so, to catch any suspicious activity.
- Review the settings associated with your security camera system to be aware of how often or if your camera may be deleting footage.
- Check your security cameras regularly to make sure they are active and working.
If you catch what you believe to be suspicious or criminal activity, notify your local law enforcement agency. If needed, you can also submit pictures and videos anonymously through the Crime Stoppers App, called P3Tips.
If you have knowledge of criminal activity, your information could get you a monetary reward. You can submit your tip to Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 307-577-8477 or online at crime-stoppers.com. Information submitted that is deemed credible by law enforcement and assists in the furthering of an investigation qualifies for a reward.
Crime Stoppers of Central Wyoming is committed to increasing public safety awareness in Natrona County. Starting in 2021, Crime Stoppers will be sharing a quarterly public safety awareness bulletin highlighting a current public safety issue in Natrona County.
Crime Stoppers is administered by a volunteer board in conjunction with applicable police, sheriff, and other law enforcement agencies. Our local Central Wyoming Chapter is responsible for raising funds to offer as rewards for tips that lead to solving crimes in our community, making our neighborhoods safer places to live and do business. Your participation will help our neighbors who have been victimized by crime. You can help stop future crimes by providing anonymous tips and through donations to the organization. To learn more visit crime-stoppers.com