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Canyon Lake POA’s new Camera Program offers residents an opportunity to assist in solving criminal incidents in community

Video surveillance is one of the best methods for apprehending criminals and convicting suspects caught in the act of committing a crime. While many residents own and operate personal surveillance systems that could aid in solving crimes, law enforcement officials are not always aware of who may have this potentially vital information.

The Canyon Lake POA, in partnership with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, is offering a new Camera Program that allows residents with surveillance systems to voluntarily add themselves to a list that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and POA may refer to if a criminal incident occurred nearby. 

This program is for Canyon lake residents who own and operate personal surveillance systems, including doorbell cameras. By signing up for this program, residents are added to a list that may be quickly referenced to identify nearby cameras that may have captured criminal activity.

Residents participating in the program would only be contacted by the POA and/or law enforcement to request permission to view the resident’s camera footage if there is a criminal incident near their security camera.

Residents are not giving the POA or law enforcement access to their systems or footage, but instead agreeing to be contacted if they have a camera that may have been in the vicinity of a criminal incident. Providing any camera footage is strictly voluntary.

“Information provided to the Canyon Lake POA regarding your camera systems will be for official use only,” the POA said. “Your personal information will remain confidential and will not be distributed.”

To sign up for this program, visit www.canyonlakepoa.com/group/pages/community-camera-program.

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