NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Having a surveillance camera at your home or business can be a key tool in helping to prevent or solve crimes, but footage is typically only used when the location a camera is attached to is hit by criminals. 

What happens if a criminal strikes nearby and footage of the suspect isn’t utilized?

That’s what the Norfolk Police Department is trying to solve with its new Virtual Neighborhood Watch program. 

The voluntary program allows residents and businesses to register their cameras with the department, and if a crime happens nearby, police can notify the camera’s owners to check their footage for potential suspect information.  

The department stresses that they will not be able to directly access the cameras, and the program is completely voluntary. 

To join the new program, click here to register. 

To learn more about the department’s programs, click here.