Surveillance database first of its kind in Ohio

Video surveillance to help fight crime in Champaign County (Photo: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — You are being watched. It’s not “Big Brother”, but it could be your neighbors.

Captain David Rapp of the Champaign County Sheriffs Office tells us they’re debuting a program never before seen in Ohio. The “SCENE” program, or “Sheriffs and citizens expanding neighborhood eyes” is geared toward signing up Champaign County residents who have surveillance systems in/outside their homes.

The goal of the program is to fight crime by having more eyes in the community.

Captain Rapp says those who sign up will be added to a confidential database. From there, if a crime occurs in close proximity to someone in the database, law enforcement may ask for the homeowner’s help in looking at video surveillance footage.

“Why not reach out to the public and have them join our crime fighting team?” Rapp said in a conference today.

Captain Rapp says this is phase two of a video surveillance system to deter crime. Farm-Watch was implemented last year–and he says it’s working.

“Hopefully somebody will capture a suspect or suspect vehicle on their system,” He said.

We went to a home in Champaign County that had a surveillance system installed. The owners of the home wanted to remain anonymous, but did tells us that they will be signing up for the SCENE program.

Captain Rapp says surveillance systems are affordable, and are an easy way to deter crime from your home.

“In the past I always just thought of wildlife cameras putting them out there for animals and so forth, but they’re using them to protect their property, and to keep their house safe,” He added.

The Champaign County Sheriff’s Department will be at the Champaign County Fair from August 1-8th. Captain Rapp says he’s hopeful that many residents with video surveillance systems will sign up for the new program. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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