Home surveillance cameras vital in Medford murder investigation

Medford, Ore. — Medford police say home surveillance was a vital piece in the murder investigation on Hill Way Monday. There were several cameras in the neighborhood that helped officers track down Enrique Solis-Garcia. The cameras weren’t registered with the department’s surveillance program, but tonight, they’re seeing a dramatic increase in the number of systems that are.

“In the past week alone we’ve had 17 cameras registered, 17 new cameras,” MPD Lieutenant Kerry Curtis says, “but we know there’s a lot of cameras out there.”

Medford Police Lieutenant Kerry Curtis says that was made apparent this week, when a murder investigation revealed a handful of homes with cameras that weren’t registered.

“None of them were registered,” Lt. Curtis says, “we found them through a neighborhood canvas where we either saw them, or a neighbor would say ‘I don’t have one but my neighbor across the street has one.'”

The case is shedding new light on the department’s Surveillance Camera Registration and Mapping program, or S.C.R.A.M. It allows home or business owners to voluntarily register their cameras with MPD. If a crime takes place, and they know cameras are nearby, they can investigate even quicker.

“A lot of times it’s really difficult to see the cameras,” Lt. Curtis says, “they’re under the eaves, they’re in places where we can’t see them so if we know that you have a camera we can make contact with you right away.”

Since the program began in October of 2015, 228 surveillance systems have been registered. That’s up more than 50% from the end of last year. According to city records, there’s some 26,000 homes and businesses within city limits. While many of them don’t have cameras, the department knows they could have a lot more in their system.

“We know there’s a lot more surveillance cameras out there,” Lt. Curtis says.

The agency says this week’s case proved how important they can be, and they hope it encourages more people to sign up.

“This is such a great opportunity for the police and the community really to work together and to team up in solving the crimes that happen in your neighborhood. ”

Medford Police Department isn’t the only agency in Jackson County with a program like this. Central Point and Ashland Police have surveillance registration programs as well.

If you’re interested in registering your cameras, click the link for your city: Medford, Ashland, Central Point.

Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5, 6 and 11. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.

When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.

Leave a Comment:

Note: By commenting below you agree to abide by the KOBI5.com commenting guidelines. View the KOBI5.com Comment Board Guidelines »