Camera Registration Program

The City of Des Moines, Washington Police Department has rolled out a new Home and Business Camera Registration Program. Each participating home and business will receive a highly visible free window cling to display this partnership.
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How The Program Works

Homes and businesses within the City of Des Moines, WA may voluntarily register their surveillance camera(s) with the Des Moines Police Department. In the event of a crime where police believe all or part of an incident may have been captured by a surveillance camera, the registered owner of the camera(s) may be contacted by police in an effort to obtain video evidence.

About The Program

The program is completely free and voluntary. Each participant in the program will receive a free window decal indicating you are part of a police and community partnership. Your name and location of the camera(s) are only accessible by police personnel. No one from the police department will have access to any live feeds from your camera or have control over your cameras or security system. Your registration will allow police to quickly review a list of possible camera locations in a geographical area to determine if there may be video surveillance of an incident.

Steps to Register Your Camera

Go to 
Click on the link for Register a Camera 
Click on Participating Agencies (Des Moines Washington Police Department)
Register Your Camera 

Where Should I Install a Camera?

  • Entrances including garage, front and back doors.
  • Ground level windows.
  • Thoroughfares within the home that lead to where valuables are kept.
  • Inside garages, especially if connected to the house.
  • Backyard / side gate.
  • Outdoor cameras require access to a power source so consider this before you pick your spot.
  • Avoid pointing indoor / outdoor cameras directly into the sun.  Consider where the sun is at dawn and dusk.
  • Position cameras at an angle to avoid back-light from windows and doors.
  • Avoid positioning cameras too high, especially close to walkways and entrances.  Head height is best to capture the fact of an intruder.  But if you want a license plate the camera needs to be lower.
  • Consider your lighting.  Unless your camera has night vision you must make sure that during hours of darkness your outside lighting is providing enough light to get a clear picture.