BUILDING A SAFER FORT MYERS ONE NEIGHBORHOOD AT A TIME
The Fort Myers Police Department has joined the Neighbors app (iOS/Android) to provide the citizens of Fort Myers with local crime and safety information. The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe.
Download the free Neighbors app on iOS or Android and use the app to: monitor neighborhood activity; share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement, and the Ring team.
Neighbors is a neighborhood watch app that provides real-time, local crime and safety information. Download the free Neighbors app on iOS or Android, join your neighborhood, and use the app to: monitor neighborhood activity; share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team. Download Neighbors from the App Store or Google Play Store today to join your digital neighborhood watch. For more information visit www.ring.com/neighbors.
HOW IT WORKS:
- Download the Neighbors app on iOS and Android.
- Opt-in to join your neighborhood.
- Customize the geographic area you want to receive notifications for (users must verify where they are located and cannot participate in other neighborhoods).
- Receive real-time alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team that inform of crime and safety alerts as they happen.
- View local crime and safety posts via a live feed or interactive map.
- Share text updates, photos and videos taken on any device, including Ring’s home security devices.
- Work with your community to make neighborhoods safer.
Ring's mission is to reduce crime in neighborhoods by creating a Ring of Security around homes and communities. The Ring product line, along with Neighbors by Ring, enable Ring to offer affordable, whole-home and neighborhood security devices and services. In fact, one Los Angeles neighborhood saw a 55 percent decrease in home break-ins after Ring Doorbells were installed on just ten percent of homes. For more information, visit www.ring.com.
How does Ring Neighbors work with law enforcement? How much access does law enforcement have to my Ring device? If any?
Neighbors users can choose whether to share their Ring videos publicly and with law enforcement in the app. Law enforcement can view the publicly available content in the Neighbors app and request content from Neighbors (through Ring) in a certain area where an incident may have occurred.
What is the benefit?
The Neighbors app lets you easily share and communicate with your neighbors and local law enforcement about crime and safety so you have real-time, local crime data at your fingertips. It enables users to stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen.
Is law enforcement able to access user data or cameras through Neighbors?
Law enforcement can only see posts that users share publicly; they do not have access to users’ devices, video, or data.
Why is law enforcement's participation on the app useful?
Neighbors enables the Fort Myers Police Department to share important crime and safety updates with local communities in real-time, request information about local crime and safety situations from Neighbors who opt-in to sharing for a particular request, and work together with the local community to build trust and make neighborhoods safer.
Does the Neighbors app collaborate with other apps like Facebook and NextDoor that get used by neighborhoods?
Yes, Neighbors posts are shareable with other major social networks. We encourage users to share crime posts to build awareness of local incidents and help identify criminals acting in the area.
Can only Ring videos be shared on Neighbors?
No. All videos, images, and text can be uploaded and posted to Neighbors. Videos from all cameras can be uploaded.
Can you give an example of how Neighbors has prevented or helped catch a criminal?
View Neighbors Case Studies at this link: Neighbors Case Studies
Brandi Alexander, a Ring Neighbor in Anchorage, Alaska, said: “Neighbors enabled me to share the video of a package being stolen from my house with people in my area to advise them of criminal activity and hopefully prevent further thefts. A screenshot from the Ring footage was given to local law enforcement and after arresting the suspect for a separate crime, they recognized him and were able to tie him to the package theft. Without Neighbors, the video would not have reached as many people as it did, and certainly not as quickly as it did. The suspect was caught within one week of the theft and without the video, my theft case may have never been solved.”