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Winston-Salem Police Department using app to crack down on crime in neighborhoods


TRIED TO ENTER THROUGH AN EXIT
GATE AND CRASHED. BRIANA: YOUR DOORBELL COULD HELP
OFFICERS TRY CRIME IN YOUR
NEIGHBORHOOD. KENNY: OFFICES ARE TEAMING UP
WITH RAIN — RING, DOOR SECURITY
FOLKS. REPORTER: IT GIVES A NEW MEANING
TO NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH AND ALLOWS
YOU TO COMEDIC IT ANONYMOUSLY
WITH POLICE WHILE RECEIVING
REAL-TIME CRIME AND SAFETY
ALERTS. NEIGHBORS IS DESIGNED TICKETS
THE COMMUNITY INFORMED. WHEN PEOPLE POST, THEY CAN
CHOOSE CRIME, SUSPICIOUS,
SAFETY, OR UNKNOWN VISITOR.>>EVERY POST IN THE CITY COMES
TO US.>>IT HELPS NARROW IN ON CRIME
IN VARIOUS NEIGHBORHOODS.>>IF WE TAKE A POLICE REPORT OF
A CAR BROKEN INTO, WE DON’T SEE
ALL A COMMENTS THAT THE
NEIGHBORS ARE MAKING ABOUT WHAT
HAPPENED AND WHAT INFORMATION
THEY MAY HAVE. SO UNLESS WE GO DOOR-TO-DOOR, WE
ARE NOT GOING TO GET THAT
INFORMATION. THEY CAN SHARE THAT INFORMATION
WITH US.>>THE APP DOES NOT PINPOINT
YOUR LOCATION OR HOME, IT
SELECTS A GENERAL AREA AND
ALERTS OTHERS NEARBY.>>EVEN IF THEY DON’T HAVE THEIR
OWN CAMERA SYSTEM, THEY CAN USE
THE FREE APP TO SEE WHAT THEIR
NEIGHBORS ARE POSTING AND SEE
VIDEO FROM NEIGHBORS CAMERAS.>>POLICE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO
YOUR HOME SECURITY CAMERAS, ONLY
WHAT PEOPLE POST ON THE APP. 400 POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE
WORKING WITH RAIN TO KEEP THEIR
COMMUNITY SAFE. IN WINSTON-SALEM, KIRSTEN
GUTIERREZ, WXII

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