What exactly is the Stronger Together Program?
Whenever the police are in your neighborhood taking a crime report, they may canvass the area to see if anyone saw, heard, or are aware of anything suspicious. This is a very time consuming endeavor. Armed with the knowledge of locations of security cameras, police can better focus their investigations. This has proven helpful in many investigations where suspect vehicles or suspects themselves have been picked up on third party camera systems.
What you should know if a suspected crime is caught on your video system.
• Contact the Franklin Police Department immediately at 732-873-2300
• Do not show the video to anyone other than the police.
• Do not make copies of it. A specially trained officer will retrieve the video from your system.
• If you have a security company managing your recording system that uses off-site recording technology, contact them after notifying the police. Tell them steps may need to be taken to secure and provide a recording to the police.
• Always have at least one employee available who knows how to access & operate the machine, and who can assist the police in reviewing & retrieving copies of the video.
• Do not allow anyone to operate the video machine if they don't know how to use it, as they may accidentally erase the video.
• Have a routine in place to periodically check camera operations and recordings.
• Do not disconnect or remove power from the recording system.
Know something about a crime? Don't keep it a secret.
If you have important information to share with the police, the Anonymous Crime Tip Line enables you to give FTPD vital information anonymously. Just dial
732-873-7277 (Franklin Police TIPS Line), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your name will not be used, only the information you provide.
Deter crime around your business/ residence and help the police hold offenders accountable.
Your surveillance system can help to raise awareness, deter crime, and help to catch perpetrators of serious crimes in your community.
How you can help: Let the community know you have a camera.
Cameras can only help prevent crime if people know they are there. If you have a CCTV or other camera system, you are encouraged to post a Franklin Township Stronger Together decal in a conspicuous place indicating that a surveillance system is operating, and that you will share recordings of suspicious events with the police.
Tell us about your system.
In addition, you can help support criminal investigations by notifying us about your system. This can help accelerate the investigations if a crime occurs near your place of business or residence, which can help the police to quickly identify suspects and witnesses.
Your participation is entirely voluntary and costs nothing. The benefit to you is the knowledge that you will be helping the police prevent and deter crime.
How do I notify you of my equipment?
You can notify us about your equipment by registering your system at https://franklintwp.seamlessdocs.com/f/strongertogether. Thoroughly complete the registration form, and hit submit. You will be contacted by a member of the Franklin Township Police Department once we receive your completed application.
What will happen next?
The information you provide will be used by police to help us identify security cameras around the City. If a crime takes place near your home or business, the police may contact you using the information you provided on your registration form. We will then make arrangements with you to transfer the video from your system to the police department. The video may assist detectives in their investigation, and it could become evidence in a criminal trial.
What are the legal ramifications?
No additional legal responsibility will be placed on you as a result of notifying us of your camera system. This is simply a voluntary notice to the police that you have a video security system. In the event of a crime, video from your camera system may be used as evidence or to assist detectives in gathering leads.
If you have information about a crime that has occurred at or near your business or residence,or if you see any suspicious activity, please call the Franklin Police Department immediately.
Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies,
and 732-873-2300 for all other matters.
Be sure to mention your camera system to the responding officer.
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