Do you have a home security system that keeps an eye out for suspicious activity when you are not present or awake?

If so, the Yakima Police Department (YPD) is asking for your assistance in accessing your video surveillance to help them in preventing and solving criminal and suspicious activity.

In a recent post on the agency's official Facebook page dated February 17th (see: below) posted still shots/screen grabs from security cameras that help to protect a business in West Valley.

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They then go on to describe a new Community Action Program that could use every citizen's assistance. The program has been dubbed "Yakima PD SafeCam" and requires that security camera owners fill out some fairly basic questions which would, theoretically, help the department should the case ever arise.

Recently, the two subjects in these photos were seen peeking into the windows of a West Valley...

Posted by Yakima Police Department on Wednesday, February 17, 2021

According to the official YPD website, "The goal of the Yakima PD SafeCam program is to deter crime and promote public safety through collaboration between the Yakima Police Department and the community we serve. Accordingly, all camera registrants agree to the following terms and conditions: Registration is entirely voluntary."

West Valley prowlers caught on security camera

I absolutely love public/private partnerships such as this where the average John or Jane Q. Public is being asked -- not forced -- into help local law enforcement to more effectively police the neighborhoods a most vulnerable citizen's and areas. That said, I'm not sure if I'm quite ready just yet to hand over the keys to my home video to the authorities.

What do you think? Good idea? Would you be willing to register with Yakima PD SafeCam?

For more info, you can directly contact YPD at (509) 575-6244 or email

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