NORFOLK, Va. – Ring Doorbells have pretty a lot captured all of it – thieves, undesirable site visitors, and people as much as no suitable.

If you have got one mounted in your own home, as opposed to simply sharing the videos on social media, you could proportion them with police anonymously.

“[People] want to have a role in making their network more secure, and we love citizens like that,” Cpl. William Pickering with the Norfolk Police Department says.

The Norfolk Police Department introduced Monday that it’s for the first regulation enforcement company inside the nation to join the Neighbors app by Ring.

The app might be used to carry Norfolk residents local crime and protection information. All you have to do is download the app, create an account and scroll away.

Once you’ve downloaded and joined your neighborhood, users are capable of personalizing their geographic place wherein they want to acquire notifications approximately what is taking place. Police can also personalize their posts.

“So, if I actually have a serial burglar in a particular vicinity, I can simply become aware of those neighborhoods, those homes in that vicinity and send records to them. I do not ought to necessarily ship that out to the complete City of Norfolk,” Pickering says.

Norfolk residents can download the Neighbors app for free, join their neighborhood, then use the app to display neighborhood activity, share crime and safety-associated motion pictures, pics and text-based totally posts and receive real-time safety signals from their associates, neighborhood law enforcement and the Ring team.

“The Norfolk Police Department is committed to finding progressive methods to serve our citizens and maintain their neighborhoods safe. In 2017 and 2018, we celebrated an ancient double-digit discount in crime; In 2019, our intention is to continue to build actual relationships within our communities even as decreasing crime all through Norfolk,” stated Chief Larry D. Boone. “The Neighbors app gives an unfastened and effective manner for citizens to receive updates from Norfolk police and for us to collaborate as a network with the intention to lessen crime. Norfolk residents are already the use of Neighbors to proportion crime and safety-related pictures, movies and data with each other and we’re excited to now be a part of the communication.”

Officers say since the new 12 months commenced, there hasn’t been a homicide in the City of Norfolk. They wish this era will assist hold the community on course.

The app is not just for people who very own the Ring doorbell – everybody can download it.

An interactive map indicates neighborhood crime and protection posts and movies may be posted from any resident.

The Neighbors community has tens of millions of customers and has been helpful in catching bundle thieves and preventing burglaries, in addition to preserving neighborhoods safe.