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Chautauqua County is looking for your help solving crimes

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Posted at 10:06 AM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 10:25:20-04

If you have an outdoor surveillance system Chautauqua County is looking for your help solving crimes.

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson announced the launch of the "Community CrimeCam" program Friday.

The program is modeled after similar programs across the state and country, it aims to enhance law enforcement's ability to solve crimes.

If you have an outdoor surveillance system you can volunteer your name, address and telephone number and the information will be put into a database and plotted on a map for reference when a crime is committed.  

"Then, if we have a suspect or vehicle description for a crime in your area and we know you have cameras outside, we can contact you and ask if you, or we, can review your footage to see if you captured any images that can help solve the case," Swanson said.

"The database would save our officers and detectives a lot of time and leg work now expended to figure out who in a certain area might have cameras," Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings said. "We hope that this project not only helps us with cases but brings the community and law enforcement closer together in an effort to keep our homes and communities safe." 

For more information or to join the database you can visit the District Attorney's website.

The City of Buffalo has a similar program that has led to solving more crimes than ever before.

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