RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police says a partnership with the Ring Neighbor’s app will help them solve crimes. 8News was the first to tell you last week that the Richmond Police Department was joining with the app.
The app was created by the company behind those doorbell cameras. It’s basically a neighborhood watch in the palm of your hand.
It’s free to download and you don’t have to have a doorbell camera to use it.
With it, you can upload and view real-time crime related videos, photos and public safety posts about incidents in your community.
Richmond Police Interim Chief William Smith says, “It allows the community to anonymously share tips and video with the police department.“
The app can be a direct link to Richmond police but you have to okay it.
“We do not have access to the cameras on our own accord. Citizens have to make that decision on their own,” explained Smith.
RPD can also use the app to send safety alerts to users.
“It improves that two-way communication with the citizens and police,” says Lt. Anthony Jackson with Richmond Police.
Richmond detectives also showed us video from a doorbell device that helped them pinpoint a brazen porch pirate who had hit up a number of homes. Without the video, Detective Erik Sandlin told us they never would have been able to put out warrants for the man’s arrest.
“As it is said often a picture is worth a thousand words, a video of an incident is worth a million words,” said Interim Richmond Police Chief William Smith.
To join the Richmond Police Department Neighbors app text “RICHMONDPD” to 555888.
Again you don’t have to have the Ring doorbell camera to use the app but get this, for every 20 new subscriptions to Ring, Crimestoppers and RPD will give out 1 free doorbell device to a resident in the community.
Richmond Police demonstrated how the app works. Click the video below to view the demo: