SAN FRANCISCO and PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VideoSurveillance.com, a virtual security integrator, today announced the expansion of its CommunityCam initiative to San Francisco. CommunityCam is a free crowdsourced security camera map that creates consumer benefit in the network of privately placed cameras. The concept, initially introduced in other major U.S. cities such as Portland to provide local citizens and law enforcement with an innovative tool to anticipate, prevent and solve street crime, has now been implemented in San Francisco.
In an effort to build safer neighborhoods, VideoSurveillance.com has made CommunityCam a free website for anyone with Internet access. CommunityCam can be used by victims of crime to check for nearby surveillance cameras that may have recorded an incident, simply by visiting http://www.VideoSurveillance.com/CommunityCam. Individuals can then report the location of that camera to the police or ask neighbors for help.
"We've been very pleased with the positive response we've received in cities like Portland to CommunityCam, and are thrilled to be rolling the crime-solving resource out in San Francisco," said Josh Daniels, president and founder of VideoSurveillance.com. "Our hope is that CommunityCam will become a critical tool for local law enforcement and empower citizens to take part in solving and preventing crime in their communities."
CommunityCam users have plotted the location of more than 1,000 cameras in the greater San Francisco area to date, and over 5,000 in the U.S. overall. Districts that have been most heavily populated include Downtown/Financial District, Northbeach/Chinatown/Wharf, Marina, Sunset, Richmond, Soma/South Beach, Haight/Western Addition and Mission/Castro.
San Francisco joins other progressive cities, including Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland and Seattle, to help create safer communities. Citizens of these cities have adopted this easy-to-use crowdsourcing tool to map camera locations, including businesses, schools, or any camera visible from public property. CommunityCam is intended to benefit a broad number of people, including cyclists, runners, and walkers, who are vulnerable to hit-and-run accidents. CommunityCam gives these groups the power to know where cameras are located so they can plan safer, monitored routes in and around the city.
CommunityCam(TM) is a trademark of VideoSurveillance.com, a virtual security integrator that specializes in the design and configuration of custom IP video security camera systems. Established in 2008, the Portland, Ore based company provides professional-quality security solutions to customers throughout the USA and worldwide. As IP video and security experts, the company's sales and technical support staff maintain advanced training certifications from leading IP video manufacturers including Axis, Avigilon, Milestone, Mobotix, Optica, Panasonic, Smartvue and Sony. The company provides security solutions to customers large and small, from thousands of small businesses to large corporate and governmental organizations including Bed Bath & Beyond, Harvard University, Lockheed Martin, NASA, US Postal Service and Xerox.