The Orillia Police Services Board and the OPP are launching the Security Camera Registry and Mapping (SCRAM) program, and a security camera rebate program to encourage residents and businesses to assist with enhancing the safety of the community.
The SCRAM program voluntarily identifies residential and/or business video surveillance locations through a simple and secure online form. Identified addresses are mapped on a database of surveillance camera locations so police officers can quickly and effectively direct resources when investigating criminal offences in the city.
Participation in the SCRAM Program is completely voluntary at all times and does not automatically grant police direct access to resident and business cameras. Officers will seek permission to view and use security camera footage as evidence in an investigation.
To encourage participation residents and businesses can apply for a security camera rebate of up to 50% of the value of the installed security camera system to a maximum of $500. Rebate applications are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis with three priority locations given preference. They are:
- Mississaga Street from Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital to the Port of Orillia
- Colborne Street from Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital to Front Street
- West Ridge Boulevard between Frost Court and Hunter Valley Road
Cameras must first be registered in the SCRAM program to get the rebate. People with security cameras and not interested in applying for the rebate, or do not meet the eligibility criteria, are still encouraged to register their cameras in the SCRAM program.