Do You Know Who Is Watching You?
Surveillance cameras helped track down a tow truck driver involved in the hit and run of a bicyclist in Southeast Portland Wednesday. Recently in San Francisco, a camera caught the beating of an elderly woman. Police and community members were able to see these images thanks to the community cam network. Josh Daniels is the founder of community cam. He is also the president of videosurveillance.com
, a virtual security integrator based in Portland. The community cam website
maps the location of surveillance cameras, traffic cameras, any camera that is aimed on a public place. It's crowdsourced, meaning community members are the ones who log the location of the cameras. Daniels says he started this network because he sees the benefit of these cameras. Not only can they help police catch criminals but they can help people plan safer walking, jogging and cycling routes.
Daniels has official maps set up in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Portland. He says Portland Police know about the network but there is no official partnership between the two. Daniels says he's never heard any complaints from privacy advocates, but he does want to reiterate that the cameras mapped are cameras that only show activity in public areas.