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A camera looks out over the street near McCoy Lane Storage in Santa Maria. The storage facility is one of the 80 people and businesses who have registered cameras with the Santa Maria Police Department.

Since starting its surveillance camera registry six months ago, the Santa Maria Police Department has added over 80 homeowners and businesses and rolled out a system mapping the location of each camera throughout the city.

First introduced last August, the program calls for any business or homeowner with security cameras to register online with the city by providing Santa Maria police with information like their address, contact information and the number and type of cameras they own. If police officers wanted access to any footage captured, they would contact the camera’s owner to request it.

Over the last two months, police officers have rolled out a mapping system that plots the location of each of the more than 80 cameras owned by city residents and local businesses, along with 35 city-owned cameras.

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A camera looks out over the street in front of McCoy Lane Storage in Santa Maria. The storage facility is one of the 80 people and businesses who have registered cameras with the Santa Maria Police Department.

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Tammy Mogavero, who runs McCoy Lane Storage, shows Santa Maria Police Sgt. Eligio Lara the business' network of security cameras. McCoy Lane Storage is one of the 80 people and businesses who have registered cameras with the police.

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An employee is shown in four different views as she enters McCoy Lane Storage, which is one of the 80 people and businesses who have registered cameras with the Santa Maria Police Department.

Razi Syed covers Santa Maria City Government for Lee Central Coast Newspapers.  Follow him on Twitter @razisyed

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