Law enforcement say video surveillance can make the difference in catching a crook and getting a conviction in court. In an effort to help solve more crimes quicker, both the Fresno Police Department and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office have agreed to partner with Amazon’s Ring.
The areas two largest law enforcement agencies, will be using the Amazon’s Ring app called neighbors.
The neighbors’ app allows you to warn others about suspicious people or even share videos of crimes that take place in your neighborhood.
You don’t need a ring doorbell or have a video surveillance system to belong to it.
The user creates a geo-fence around their property to get alerts.
Now both the Fresno PD and the FCSO are training how to access the neighbors’ law enforcement portal.
“Our hope is to be able to use that portal to reduce crime in the neighborhoods and solve crime by accessing the video people already have,” says Fresno Police Lieutenant Jennifer Hosford.
Fresno Co. Sheriff Office Spokesman Tony Botti says,” They could notify us of someone lurking in their neighborhood. We can tell them someone to keep their eyes out for. If it all matches up we make an arrest, and we keep their neighborhoods safer.”
If you’re concerned about big brother watching, don’t be!
Ring told CBS47, its users privacy is still a top priority.
Law enforcement can only access video from the app if customers have already posted it, or if residents choose to send it to police.
Hosford says, “We can send a request to people within that geo-fence asking them between this date and time can you review your videos and if your willing share them with us to hopefully solve this crime.”
Botti says, “Instead of knocking on 20 houses on a block, you just pull up the neighborhoods app and see this house and this house had their cameras on, let’s start with those.”
Both the Fresno Police Department and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office hope to have it up and running by August.
Police say it’s already proved successful in larger cities, like Houston.
The neighborhood app costs nothing to use.
However, the Ring doorbell costs about $150.00 and $3 to $10 a month to store videos.