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Register Your Video Surveillance Equipment with CAPTURE

Gaston County Police Department is asking residents of Gaston County to register their video surveillance equipment to help solve crime. The new initiative is called ‘CAPTURE.’


Many residents and business owners operate surveillance systems at their homes and/or businesses that record public areas. As crimes occur nearby, they are not always aware that their camera system may have captured information that could help solve the crime. Likewise, law enforcement are not always aware of who may have this potentially helpful information.

The Gaston County Police Department (GCPD) is asking residents and business owners to register their privately owned surveillance camera systems. As our agency responds to criminal incidents within our service area, we may be able to use the information or footage gathered from exterior security cameras in the area to assist in the apprehension and prosecution of the criminals involved. There is no fee required to register your camera system.

This is not an active surveillance program being operated by our department, and our department will not have direct access to any of the registered private camera systems. The completed registration information will be housed in a secure network and your information will be kept confidential.


The CAPTURE program will help our officers quickly identify nearby cameras that may have captured criminal activity. After registering your camera, you will only be contacted by the Gaston County Police Department if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your security camera system. Our officers, if necessary, may request to view your camera footage in order to assist in an investigation. By registering your system with its exterior cameras, you can help make Gaston County an undesirable place for criminals to commit crime and keep your entire community safe.


The goal of the CAPTURE program is to solve crime and promote public safety through collaboration between the Gaston County Police Department (GCPD) and the communities we serve. Accordingly, by registering your camera system, you are indicating your agreement to the following terms:

  • Registration is voluntary and there is no cost associated with registration.
  • Registering your system does not provide GCPD with direct access to your system or cameras.
  • You may ask to remove your system registration at any time.
  • Your information will be kept confidential by the GCPD unless subject to disclosure by law or court order.
  • If there is a crime in the vicinity of your camera(s), you may be contacted by the GCPD to request to view or copy the video if it would assist in the investigation or prosecution of a crime.
  • Under no circumstances are registrants acting as an agent or employee of the GCPD or County of Gaston through their participation in this program.
  • This program does not and cannot provide active surveillance of your property, and is not to be construed as a promise or obligation to provide any additional level of safety or security to your property.

Submit your form online.