Neighborhood Watch 2.0: Law enforcement to start using doorbell security camera sharing app

Local law enforcement agencies on Saturday will start using an app from the home-security company Ring, which will allow you to share your security camera footage with police.

The Bend and Redmond Police departments and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will participate. The agencies won’t have direct access to all of the app users videos, just the videos users have selected to share.

Participation is optional, anonymous, and does not require a Ring device.  DCSO Sgt. William Bailey said video and information provided will be used to help solve crimes, identify suspicious persons, and ultimately deter criminal activity. The Neighbors App provides a platform for communities to share information about activity occurring in their neighborhood, helping to keep people and property safe.

Redmond City officials say Ring users are already sending them footage. Utilizing this app will make it easier for more people to do it and for police to monitor potential criminal activity.

The Neighbors App by Ring  is a free app designed by Ring to help community members connect and stay informed about what’s going on around them – whether they own a Ring device or not. The Neighbors app is available to all residents and is helping to open the lines of communication between law enforcement and the communities they serve across the country.

Contact your local law enforcement agency for additional information.

Residents can download the Neighbors app for free on iOS, Android and FireOS devices by clicking here from their smartphone: https://shop.ring.com/pages/neighbors.

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