Crime Cams – A Community Camera Partnership
Video surveillance is one of the best methods for apprehending criminals and convicting suspects who are caught in the act of committing a crime. Installing video surveillance is a great example of community-police partnerships and is something we highly value as a police agency serving our community.
Many business owners and residents currently operate surveillance systems at their businesses and/or homes. As crimes occur nearby, they are not always aware that their system may have captured information that could help solve the crime, thus keeping our community safer. In turn, the police are also not always aware who may have this potentially vital information.
How You Can Help
The Victoria Police Department is asking residents and businesses across the city to register their privately owned surveillance camera systems. As we respond to incidents, we may be able to use the information or footage gathered from the security cameras in the area to assist in the apprehension and prosecution of the persons involved.
If your residence or business has a security camera system meeting the two requirements below, you can help the VPD investigate and solve crimes by registering your camera system.
- Exterior facing security camera system
- Camera system records and retains video
The program is entirely voluntary and consent to view video footage from your camera could be withdrawn at any time.
Police Department Response
If a crime occurs in the vicinity of a registered camera, an investigator from the Victoria Police Department may contact the registered owner of the camera and ask to review and/or copy the recorded footage relevant to the date and time of the incident.
Under no circumstances shall the VPD utilize this information to view live footage/feeds directly from the cameras owned by the registrants without your consent.
How to Register
Individuals wishing to participate in the program must:
- Click here to fill out the Security Camera Registration Form (PDF). To register multiple locations, use separate forms for each address.
- Click the yellow button at the bottom of the form to email to PoliceCrimePrevention@victoriatx.org, or
- You may submit by mail:
Victoria Police Department
Attention: Crime Prevention Unit
306 S. Bridge St.
Victoria, TX 77901
For more information, questions or concerns about the program, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit by email at PoliceCrimePrevention@victoriatx.org or by calling 361-485-3808.
Report a Change or to Unregister from the Program
To report a change in status (i.e. no longer utilizing security cameras, change in exterior camera locations, no longer residing at the address), please contact the VPD by:
- Filling out the top two portions of the form and emailing the form as indicated above, or
- You may email with the appropriate information to deactivate to the Crime Prevention Unit at PoliceCrimePrevention@victoriatx.org or contact by calling 361-485-3808.
The goal of this security camera registration project is to deter crime and promote public safety. Any footage related to criminal activity may be collected by the Victoria Police Department for use as evidence.
Information is reserved for official use by the Victoria Police Department. If necessary, the Victoria Police Department will contact you to request the appropriate video surveillance footage. Under no circumstances shall registrants construe that they are acting as an employee of the Victoria Police Department through this security camera registration.
By submitting this form, you are aware of and consent to the release of video imagery to the public/media as necessary for the VPD Investigation, or to requestors, as allowed under the Texas Open Records Act.