Neighborhood Watch Goes Digital in Flagler County, Fla.

A partnership with Ring Video Doorbells is giving law enforcement new tools in the fight against crime.

by The News-Journal / July 5, 2018

(TNS) — The Flagler County, Fla., Sheriff's Office is joining forces with Ring Video Doorbells to fight crime in the county in a new way.

Ring manufactures and sells doorbells for residents that feature high-definition cameras and microphones, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. The doorbells allow the homeowner to see who comes to their front door and communicate with them from inside the house before opening the door. Owners also can communicate from remote locations.

Ring announced the launch of the app "Neighbors" in May. The app allows users within a small radius to connect with one another and share crime information, suspicious encounters, and most importantly, videos captured on their doorbell cameras, the release states.

The Sheriff's Office will be joining the 'Neighbors' app and the Ring community in Flagler County to help strengthen the new "digital neighborhood watch," according to the release.

"We are always looking for new ways to get the edge on criminals," Sheriff Rick Staly said in the release. "Ring has presented us with a unique way to have even more community involvement in the fight against crime. It's an extra set of eyes and we hope to use this technology to solve cases and keep neighborhoods safe."

The good news is that you don't have to own a Ring doorbell to participate online with the Neighbors app. It is available for all to download and once you create an account you can start uploading videos you capture with other devices, pictures, and make comments.

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