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Local Police Use Ring Device To Crack Down On Crime


CUSTODY. HE FACES CHARGES OF SIMPLE ASSAULT AND TERRORISTIC THREATS. TWO LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE PARTNERING WITH THE DOORBELL CAMERA COMPANY RING TO CRACKDOWN ON CRIME. BALDWIN AND CASTLE SHANNON POLICE ARE AMONG THE MORE THAN 400 POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY USING THIS TECHNOLOGY. AMY WADAS SPOKE TO ONE OF THE DEPARTMENTS AND HAS MORE ON HOW THE PARTNERSHIP WORKS AND THE CONCERNS SOME CRITICS HAVE. STILL CASTLE SHANNON POLICE ARE ONE OF TWO POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN OUR AREA PARTING WITH THE RING DOORBELL NEIGHBORS ASKED TO HELP SOLVE CRIMES. WHILE THE POLICE CHIEF SAYS IT IS WORKING SO FAR THERE ARE SOME CRITICS THAT SAY THIS IS AN INVASION OF PRIVACY. YOU CAN GO ON AND COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS Reporter: CASTLE SHANNON POLICE CHIEF SHOWED KDKA HOW THE RING DOORBELL NEIGHBORS APP WORKS.’S APARTMENT STARTED USING THE APP IN 2018 AND SAYS IT HAS BEEN A USEFUL TOOL. A LOT OF OUR INSTANCES WHERE WE ARE USING THE APP IS SOLICITORS, UNWANTED SOLICITORS. Reporter: UNWANTED SOLICITORS, CAR THIEVES, AND MORE. I CAN GO ON THE PORTAL AND SEND AN EMAIL TO MULTIPLE RESIDENTS IF THEY ARE APPLICATION USERS AND ASK IF THEY HAVE ANY VIDEO SURVEILLANCE THAT WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO HELP US IN OUR INVESTIGATION. Reporter: RESIDENT CAROL GREAT NECK GOT THE NEIGHBORS APP AFTER SHE SAW HER NEIGHBOR ACROSS THE STREET USING IT I THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO GET THE INFORMATION OUT THERE. AND MAKE US ALL MORE AWARE OF WHAT’S GOING ON. Reporter: NOT EVERYONE THINKS THAT WAY. CRITICS THE PARTNERSHIP WITH 400 SOME POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE NATION RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT PRIVACY, SURVEILLANCE, AND ACCESSIBILITY BY TECH GIANTS. THESE ARE CAMERAS THAT ARE FACING OUT ON YOUR OWN PRIVATE PROPERTY. IF IT HELPS TO EITHER DETER CRIMINALS AWAY FROM THE HOUSE OR CAPTURE THE CRIME IN PROGRESS WE WANT THAT INFORMATION. Reporter: CHIEF TROOPER SAYS RESIDENTS DON’T HAVE TO SHARE THE SURVEILLANCE IF THEY DON’T WANT TO. IT’S SIMPLY A CHOICE. PEOPLE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE TECHNOLOGY DOES OR HOW IT WORKS AND I THINK THERE’S A FEAR FACTOR.

2 thoughts on “Local Police Use Ring Device To Crack Down On Crime

  1. The owner chooses to share the video with the police, how is it an invasion of privacy. Wether they do anything would be amazing though, everything always seems to be an inconvenience with police unless they are ticketing you. I bet they could not work for a week and everything would be the same.

  2. With civil asset forfeiture police can make a killing with this app, keep it up folks. Those that give up their freedoms for safety deserve neither.

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