Crime Cams — A Community Camera Partnership
Video surveillance is one of the best methods for apprehending criminals and convicting suspects who are caught in the act of committing a crime. Installing video surveillance is a great example of community-police partnerships and is something we highly value as a police agency serving our community.
Many business owners and residents currently operate surveillance systems at their businesses and/or homes. As crimes occur nearby, they are not always aware that their system may have captured information that could help solve the crime, thus keeping our community safer. In turn, the police are also not always aware who may have this potentially vital information.
How You Can Help
The Westchester Police Department is asking residents and businesses in the Village to register their privately owned surveillance camera systems. As we respond to incidents, we may be able to use the information or footage gathered from the security cameras in the area to assist in the apprehension and prosecution of the persons involved.
If your residence or business has a security camera system meeting the two requirements below, you can help the Westchester Police Department investigate and solve crimes by registering your camera system.
- Exterior facing security camera system
- Camera system records and retains video
The program is entirely voluntary and consent to view video footage from your camera could be withdrawn at any time.
Police Department Response
If a crime occurs in the vicinity of a registered camera, an investigator from the Westchester Police Department may contact the registered owner of the camera and ask to review and/or copy the recorded footage relevant to the date and time of the incident.
How to Register
Individuals wishing to participate in the program must:
- Fill out the Security Camera Registration Form.
- To register multiple locations, use separate forms for each address.
- You may submit by mail:
Westchester Police Department
Attn: Police Services Coordinator
10300 W Roosevelt Rd. Westchester, IL 60154
For more information, questions or concerns about the program, please contact Officer Rob Verber by email at or calling 708-345-0060 ext. 440.
Report a Change or to Un-register from the Program
To report a change in status (i.e. no longer utilizing security cameras, change in exterior camera locations, no longer residing at the address), please contact the Westchester Police Department by:
- Filling out the top portion of the form and emailing the form as indicated above, or to de-activate the service simply e-mail the registration form with the appropriate information or contact Detective Sgt. Vince LaManna at 708-345-0060 ext. 407
The goal of this security camera registration project is to deter crime and promote public safety. Any footage related to criminal activity may be collected by the Westchester Police Department for use as evidence.
Information is reserved for official use by the Westchester Police Department. If necessary, the Westchester Police Department will contact you to request the appropriate video surveillance footage. Under no circumstances shall registrants construe that they are acting as an employee of the Westchester Police Department through this security camera registration.
By submitting this form, you are aware of and consent to the release of video imagery to the public/media as necessary for the WPD Investigation, or to requestors, as allowed under the State Records Act.