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Security Camera Registry

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Got cameras? 

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Have you installed security cameras at your home or business? Just the sight of cameras may deter criminals from making your property an easy target. But if a crime does occur, footage from your cameras can also be of great assistance to police.

The new Security Camera Registry gives members of the community the option to inform York Regional Police they have installed residential or commercial security cameras.

When police investigate a crime, officers often canvass neighbourhoods or plazas for security cameras that may have captured images of suspects or criminal activity. This is a lengthy process requiring exorbitant amounts of time and resources.

The new registry expedites these investigations by helping officers identify and locate cameras before they canvass 
an area on foot.

In an investigation where every second counts, this proactive step could be crucial in helping to solve a case, make an arrest, recover property, or even save a life. 

Helpful details for police include camera locations, direction, video retention and the capability of sharing footage.

Register your cameras

Unregister your cameras

If you previously registered security cameras with York Regional Police, you may unregister your cameras here by providing your email address. Once you receive an email response, please follow the instructions provided to unregister.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will information about my address or cameras be shared publically?

No. Any information collected from registrants will remain confidential. Addresses are plotted on a map used by police to identify cameras that may have captured activity pertinent to a criminal investigation. The map is not made available publically.

Does registering allow police to monitor my security cameras?

No. The registry is simply a database of residential or commercial addresses at which security cameras are located. Officers must still seek permission to use security footage as evidence in an investigation.

Will police be contacting me often after I register? 
Registrants will receive an email once each year in order to confirm that registration information remains accurate. Police will only request footage from your registered security camera if it might help officers conducting an investigation.
How do I remove my cameras from the registry?

If you previously registered security cameras with York Regional Police and wish to remove them from the registry, you may unregister your cameras here by providing your email address. Once you receive an email response, please follow the instructions provided to unregister.

If you are a new owner/tenant of a residence or business at which cameras were previously registered and wish to unregister those cameras, please send an email to info@yrp.ca with the subject line "Security Camera - Unregister". In the email, include the complete address of the residence or business at which the cameras are registered, along with proof of valid government identification.