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Warren police seek crime-fighting help from surveillance cams

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`Police in another Trumbull County community are asking for help in tapping into a crime-fighting resource that's available at many homes and businesses.

Warren Police Chief Eric Merkel has announced what he's calling the Street Watch Program.

Police frequently check neighborhoods for surveillance video after a crime is committed.

The idea in Warren is to get home and business owners to volunteer now, and allow police to collect information from their digital surveillance systems to help solve crimes.

Merkel is asking participants to fill out an online questionnaire about digital equipment located outside homes and businesses, as well as some technical information about the systems.

“With that information, we may reach out to you and ask for your assistance in the investigatory process by retrieving a digital copy of a video file,” says Merkel in a letter about the program.

Bazetta Township Police instituted a similar program earlier this year, compiling an email list of home security systems for use as part of a neighborhood alert program.

As in the case of Bazetta Township, Warren's program is strictly voluntary.

Chief Merkel is asking the volunteers to fill out the questionnaire on the police department's Facebook page or by following the below link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNnog-F4lVu49nkNhl-AXsEw9asJNMYQ4yvd-752yYe4f29g/viewform 

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