Apple Valley Police Department starts new program to keep neighborhoods safe

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The Apple Valley Police Department is starting a new program to help keep neighborhoods safe.

The SafeCam registration program gives police an instant list of locations where homeowners have camera systems. Homeowners can register their video system with the police. It allows officers to contact them should a crime happen nearby.

“The registration provides officers with an instant list of locations where participants have camera systems that may aid in the investigation of a crime,” Apple Valley Police Officer Miranda Demo said. “You will only be contacted by the Apple Valley Police Department if there’s a criminal incident in the vicinity of your camera.”

SafeCam does not give the police department access to the security camera. Homeowners can opt out anytime.

Several other metro cities, including Richfield, Edina, Fridley and Minneapolis, also use the SafeCam program.