New Holland police begin registry of private security cameras

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. (WHTM) – The story of Ryan Sherman, a student at Garden Spot High School, touched many people. Sherman was nearly killed when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in May.

New Holland police say they were able to make an arrest in the case after business owners came forward with surveillance video of the incident.

The case has sparked a new initiative for the police department.

“In today’s world, a lot of people have cameras on their home and their business,” Lt. Jonathan Heisse said.

The department is asking residents and business owners to register their cameras with the department so they know who has them. The measure could save police valuable time during investigations.

“It can be a task if you’re working somewhere you’re not used to being, as far as working on a case with somebody, to know who and who does not have video,” Heisse told ABC 27 News.

Investigators would still have to ask to use the video.

In the effort, police are relying on small businesses to step up.

Joshua Stauffer, owner of Stauffer’s Drug Store, has a few security cameras and likes the idea.

“If we know there’s a good reason that we should be helping out, we would be happy to help with footage like that,” he said.

Others in the community like Tim Martin also seemed to be on board with the idea.

“Anything that can help fight crime in the neighborhood I think is a great idea if people want to participate in that,” he said.

Cameras can be registered at the police station and on the department’s website.

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