Neighbors by Ring
Neighbors aims to reduce crime in communities by connecting people, security cameras and law enforcement. The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe. The Gloucester Township Police Department strives to foster a strong relationship and remain easily accessible to our great community. This partnership allows for a sharing of official important crime and safety updates while working together to build trust and make neighborhoods safer.
The Neighbors App uses your address to create a radius around your home. If anyone shares an alert on the App about crime or safety within that radius, you’ll get a notification on your phone and tablet. Conversely, if you share an alert on the App about a crime or safety issue in your radius, your neighbors will also get a notification on their phones and tablets. You can then comment on these alerts to provide additional information about local issues, give tips to avoid affected areas, share photos or videos to help neighbors stay on the lookout, etc.
You can narrow your radius to only focus on hyper-local issues. Or if you live in a more rural location, you can expand your radius to include nearby communities and landmarks. Anyone with a compatible iPhone or Android device can download and use the Neighbors App for free to help reduce local crime.
When using Neighbors, law enforcement sees the same interface that all users see; the content is the same, the exact locations of posts are obfuscated, and the user’s personal identity is not displayed. Law enforcement can view public posts from within their jurisdiction (instead of just their ‘neighborhood’) and law enforcement posts are identified, meaning they are clearly marked with their official title and name, so users can see that they are the source of the content. This means that posts or comments made by law enforcement are.
Camera systems help deter package theft. If a theft occurs and you have video footage, we encourage residents to report the incident immediately to the police department and use the Neighbors app to let surrounding neighbors know what occurred.
To sign up for the free Neighbors app click on the attached link: