Reynoldsburg police are working to build a registry of private security cameras throughout the city to help in investigating crimes.

The initiative involves the voluntary online registration of cameras with the police department, Chief David Plesich said. About 30 residents and businesses have signed up since the link to register went live on the city's website March 7.

Plesich said he got the idea for the registry from a department where he worked in Charleston, South Carolina.

The registry is essentially a layer on a map that officers and detectives are able to use to determine whether cameras might have captured video or photographs of a crime, Plesich said.

"If we have a hit-skip crash, we can check to see if there's a camera that may have gotten it on film to get a description out," he said.

Plesich said a few other agencies have called the Reynoldsburg department with questions about the program.

Brian Evans, 35, who has lived in Reynoldsburg for about 30 years, said signing up for the registry was a no-brainer.

"We have good schools, we have a good city council, a good mayor and a good police department," he said. "I want to see that continue to grow and keep people safe."

Plesich said the registry will track only exterior cameras that record images and it will only indicated to officers that a camera exists at the residence or business.

"We don't have access to the recording without their assistance," he said.

Evans said the process to sign up was simple: The system asks for a name, address, phone number and verification of exterior cameras.

Reynoldsburg police will have a list of camera locations and the contact information for the person who has access to the recording. Plesich said the community response to the program has been positive.

"We all want a community with low crime and criminals brought to justice," he said.

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