Asheville police are implementing a program where local businesses will be able to register their surveillance cameras so law enforcement can solve crimes more efficiently.
Jodie Appel owns Asheville Salt Cave and Spa, and she already has video surveillance, but she said she may consider registering her cameras with the police department. That means if a crime happens near her business, she will be able to turn in the video surveillance to police upon request.
"I think it will be a good help for the community for people to see that people are taking action to keep their community safe, keep their kids safe, to keep the tourists that are coming into the city safe as well," said Appel.
Officer Keith McCulloch with Asheville police said the coordinated effort between business owners and police will help cut down on the time it takes to find and review footage.
"It is just another tool to help the citizens of Asheville and the tourists be safe by allowing people to - if there is a crime committed - to assist in identifying the persons responsible, and also as a deterrent to help prevent the crime in the first place," said McCulloch.
For information on the program and how to register, call Asheville police at 828-252-1110.
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