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Hinsdale Police Department introduces 'Block Watch' program

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 7:56 a.m. CDT

HINSDALE – The Hinsdale Police Department is implementing a new program called “Block Watch" to enlist the help of residents who have home outdoor video cameras to solve neighborhood crimes.

Oftentimes police officers discover when canvassing a neighborhood after a crime has occurred that a home video system may have captured a picture of a suspect or a vehicle. This can a valuable lead that can help in an investigation and may lead to an arrest, according to a news release from the Hinsdale Police Department.

The Block Watch program is a voluntary program that asks residents who have outdoor surveillance cameras to register their cameras with the police department. If a crime occurs in the neighborhood, the department will ask those residents to check their camera system to see if a picture was captured to aid in an investigation.

There is no charge to participate in the program and program participants will be kept confidential.

Residents with home surveillance systems are asked to participate by completing an online form, which can be found at villageofhinsdale.org.

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