BERLIN - Police are finding new ways to keep neighborhoods safe by utilizing collaboration with the Ring security doorbell system.
The collaboration specifically unites the Berlin Police Department, Berlin citizens and the “Neighbors” app created by Ring. The Neighbors app is a free app designed to allow members of the community to stay informed about what’s going on in their neighborhood. The Berlin police will be able to use the app to share important crime and safety information with residents.
“The Berlin Police Department is committed to working with the community to provide safer neighborhoods in the Town of Berlin,” a statement from the police department read. “By working in collaboration with the Neighbors App by Ring, we can improve our ability to address community concerns and increase our community engagement in fighting crime and addressing neighborhood problems.”
The app allows any residents, even those who do not own Ring products, to receive information from the Berlin police and other neighbors.
For those with Ring systems who are worried about personal security, the police department will not have access to cameras, and will only be able to see what the homeowner chooses to share on the app, the statement said. The app also requires express consent from the user to provide police with the addresses at which any devices are located. Finally, the app does not require any user information. Those who choose to post or comment will be displayed as “Neighbor #” to police and any other users.
This collaboration will also provide an opportunity for the community to assist in investigations.
Users can choose to provide helpful information if police ask for assistance with an investigation by sharing crime-related videos, photos or text information. Users also have the option to opt out of future requests.
You can download the free Neighbors app on iOS or Android by visiting http://download.ring.com. After that you can join your neighborhood and start monitoring local activity.