TIPPECANOE & CLINTON COUNTY Ind. (WLFI)- You may be familiar with Ring Video Doorbells which have been used to catch porch pirates and a number of other criminal acts, now local law enforcement will be using a new resource provided by the company.
"If you look at it in a broad way it's really a virtual neighborhood watch program," said Chief Troy Bacon with the Frankfort Police Department.
Both West Lafayette and Frankfort police are joining 400 other law enforcement agencies across the country in using the new Neighbors by Ring app as a resource.
"You don't have to go out and buy our product if you have a camera from anything you can upload it to our app and share it through this app,” says Sergeant Troy Green with the West Lafayette police department. “Also anyone who is on the app can see this footage so anyone in west Lafayette can see the footage that is uploaded to it."
The app is free both to law enforcement and the general public. Police say this app has the potential to save valuable time during an investigation.
"Before we were going to door to door knocking trying to find out and see if anyone has cameras,” said Green. “Now with social media and with this ring app, we can send it out to the masses and immediately we can get responses back."
However, police can't access videos without the owner's permission.
"We don't have access to everyone's video,” added Chief Bacon. “If we request the video from a specific geographic area a request goes out to people who do have videos and they grant us permission to watch them."
App users have the ability to share their videos and information with police anonymously if they choose. Local Law enforcement say this new technology will make criminals think twice.
"It's a major deterrent,” added Green. “People knowing that this is out there you know it's going to stop them, maybe not completely stop them but it may limit the actions that they are doing."
You don't have to have a Ring Doorbell to use the app and get real-time updates you can join the app for free, to do so text "join today" to 555-888.