Police bring technology to the original Neighborhood Watch concept - SCRAM is a big help.

Crime 100By Staff

July 4, 2015


Kind of tough when you can’t be sure that the things you left in your car while it was parked in the driveway overnight are going to be there when you get in the car the next morning. But that is what it has come to.

Halton Police constantly remind the public to lock their vehicles parked in the driveway and more importantly, to hide and secure valuables such as electronics from sight.

Sure – throw a blanket over the dash board – that will just encourage the thieves to beak the window. In their media release their police said: “Dash mounted GPS devices left in plain view resulted in vehicle windows being smashed to gain entry.”

Car broken into

This is a scene far too many car owners are seeing when they walk out of the house to get into the car they had parked in the driveway.

Overnight, between June 30 and July 1, 2015, several vehicle entries occurred in the Region with Oakville being hit the hardest. Thieves were checking for unlocked car doors looking for cash, GPS devices and other electronics.

The police continue to investigate vehicle entries and ask the public to make extra efforts to keep valuables safe and hidden from sight. If possible, take any valuable electronics into the home at night so not to attract wandering thieves.

Catching these thieves is not always easy – the police usually don’t have much to go on. It was that fact that brought about SCRAM.

Halton Regional Police have a Security Camera Registration and Monitoring program, ( S.C.R.A.M) a community based crime prevention opportunity and investigative tool that enlists the help of Halton residents.

S.C.R.A.M. enables community members to voluntarily identify and register their residential video surveillance equipment through a simple, secure, confidential, online form located on the Halton Regional Police Service website. https://bit.ly/11B4FNE

Surveillance-Cameras - home -  graphic

One camera is usually enough for decent home surveillance.

A number of people wonder just what giving police access to your home security means. You are not giving the police any access when you register – what you are doing in letting the police know that you have an electronic security system. If there is a crime near your home the police will know that you have a security camera and may ask if they can look at what was captured by your camera.

You are under no obligation to hand over anything.

When investigating a crime the police usually end up going door to door hoping that someone may have seen something – if they knew where the security cameras were they could narrow down the search area.

Door to door can be a time-consuming endeavour as it may include a 360 radius around the crime scene. Armed with the knowledge of locations of security cameras, police can better focus their investigation. This has proven helpful in many investigations where suspect vehicles or suspects themselves have been picked up on third-party camera systems. Knowing a “direction” enables investigators to focus their attention on that particular path, even at considerable distances, where perhaps another camera may be located.

Investigators have been surprised by the number of residents choosing to protect their homes and property with security cameras. Canvassing a neighbourhood is a time-consuming endeavour and the program will only be as good as the data inputted. That’s why the police want your help.

The objective of the program is primarily to build a database of camera locations in our community. Adding a security camera to your property is an excellent crime prevention tool, and is a way for you to protect your OWN property. Allowing the police quick access to potential recordings of crimes in progress is a way for citizens to help make our communities safer for everyone.

Neighbourhood watch graphicThe police are No. We are asking the public to take an active part in helping make your community safer. Neighbourhood Watch was a recognized crime prevention initiative many years ago; police asked neighbours to look out for neighbours. This is the technological extension of that.

If you think this might be something you want to take part in – click on this link.

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1 comment to Police bring technology to the original Neighborhood Watch concept – SCRAM is a big help.

  • G. Stevenson

    Perhaps some of these cameras down at the Beachway would help detract the idiots that are taking over. Screaming music, open fires, lots of liquor….. and not a cop in sight!

    Perhaps the Police could be nearby to just watch how many of the idiots get into their cars after an afternoon and evening of drinking. Walking along the beach trail anymore is not so enjoyable. Wonder what it will be like when the Region and City spend the big bucks… $50 mil of tax dollars on the beachway. Some of those dollars will be needed on security.