Stafford Cops Adopt Cutting-Edge ‘Neighborhood Watch’ Concept With ‘Neighbors’ App

Feb 27, 2019

The Stafford Township Police Department has announced it is joining the Neighbors app by Ring to provide the Stafford Township community with real-time, local crime and safety information.

“We are excited to bring the concept of Neighborhood Watch into the 21st century in Stafford with the Neighbors app by Ring,” Stafford Police Chief Thomas Dellane said. “With the popularity of app-based security on the rise, neighbors are now able to upload and share safety information and potential criminal activity with one another and with law enforcement. The Neighbors app will allow our officers and residents to communicate and work together in keeping our neighborhoods safe and solving crime.”

The app makers say its aim is to reduce crime in neighborhoods by connecting people, security cameras and law enforcement – in other words “by creating a ‘Ring of Security’ around homes and communities.”

Residents can download the free Neighbors app by visiting download.ring.com/Stafford or by texting “staffordpd” to 555888 from their smartphone. They then opt in to join their neighborhood, customizing the geographic area to receive notifications about (users must verify where they are located and cannot participate in other neighborhoods), and from there they can monitor neighborhood activity by viewing local crime and safety posts via a live feed or interactive map; share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from their neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team.

Among Ring’s top priorities is maintaining neighbor privacy. The Neighbors network has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching thieves, stopping burglaries and keeping neighborhoods safe. One of the company’s proudest statistics is one Los Angeles neighborhood saw a 55 percent decrease in home break-ins after Ring doorbells were installed on just 10 percent of homes. Its tagline: “With Ring, you’re always home.”

“When (we) all work together, we can create safer communities,” according to Ring founder and chief inventor Jamie Siminoff. “By bringing security to every neighbor with the free Neighbors app, the Stafford Township community can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen.”  —V.F.

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