MyCivic Eye is a home and business surveillance camera registry. Inspired by the growing number of homes and businesses monitored by surveillance cameras, we have conceived of a way for police departments to have an easier, faster, and more user-friendly way to manage, track, and utilize surveillance footage that exists out in their community. Gone are the days that officers and detectives will have to go door to door in hopes of finding evidence to help establish leads and identify suspects. They now have a way to save valuable investigative time in the event of a crime.
We are excited to announce our partnership with MO Studio in bringing MyCivic Eye to fruition. MO Studio is a Los Angeles and San Francisco based design and innovation firm that develops human-centered experiences, spanning products, services, processes and strategies. We believe in using a creative and empathy driven approach to tackle significant challenges that can improve people’s everyday lives and wellbeing. Blending diverse backgrounds in technology, innovation strategy, design, operations, education, and user research, MO Studio and MyCivic are uniquely positioned to push the boundaries of how we as communities participate in public safety and civic engagement.
So how does it work for residents and business owners?
The first step would be to register their surveillance cameras. Home and business owners who want to help fight crime in their neighborhood will register their camera’s location and provide their contact information. If a crime occurs that may be within the view of their camera, the police department may contact the registrant to request access to any relevant surveillance footage captured. Even with registration, no direct access is granted or enabled and all information is kept entirely confidential. Law enforcement can only review footage if and after registrants agree. A new request must be made for each incident, granting one-time only permission. Participation always remains 100% voluntary.
And how does it work for police departments?
The first step would be to search the registry. When a crime happens, officers can use any mobile or computer device to access the secure database and search the address of the incident. They will immediately see a heatmap of all registered cameras within a specific radius, including the contact information for the camera’s owner and any key notes. With the information at their fingertips, the officer can quickly reach out to registrants and request the surveillance footage.
The ultimate goal of MyCivic Eye is to become a deterrent to those who would commit crimes. A prime example of this would be in the case of thieves who steal deliveries from doorsteps. Having the camera registry in place gives citizens an opportunity to proactively help their police department while also helping themselves.
To learn more about MyCivic Eye click here. http://myciviceye.com/