Neighbors aims to reduce crime in neighborhoods by connecting people, security cameras, and law enforcement.
Auburn Hills, Michigan—May 1, 2019– The Auburn Hills Police Department is pleased to announce that it is joining the free Neighbors app by Ring, a neighborhood watch program, which will provide the Auburn Hills community with real-time, 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.
Residents can text ‘StaySafe’ to 555888 from their smartphone to download the Neighbors app for free on iOS and Android devices. Residents may use the app to: join their neighborhood; share crime and safety-related videos, photos, and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from their neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team.
“The Auburn Hills Police Department is continually seeking new avenues to deliver better services to our community, with the goal of solving crime and keeping our community safe,” said Auburn Hills Police Chief Jeff Baker. “The Auburn Hills Police Department is one of the first police agencies in Michigan to partner with Ring. We are looking forward to deploying this new resource to our residents and businesses.”
“Neighbors app by Ring is the modern-day version of a neighborhood watch and we are excited to be involved,” said Community Engagement Officer Brian Miller. “With this partnership, the Auburn Hills Police Department will be able to request information about local crime and safety situations from those who voluntarily opt-in to the program. This will allow police to request video(s) from citizens when criminal activity has taken place in their neighborhood.”
All tips shared via the Neighbors app are anonymous unless residents choose to provide their contact information to the department. Residents will also remain anonymous in the event the police department requests further information regarding an incident in the area. The Auburn Hills Police Department does not have access to cameras or user data. Like other social media sharing platforms, the police department’s participation with the Neighbors app is not meant to replace 911. If you have an emergency, please call 911 immediately. You can also reach the police department’s non-emergency number by calling 248-370-9460.
“We’re excited to have the Auburn Hills Police Department join Neighbors to keep their community up-to-date on local crime and safety information,” said Jamie Siminoff, Chief Inventor and Founder of Ring. “Over the past few years we have learned that, when neighbors, the Ring team and law enforcement all work together, we can create safer communities. Neighbors is meant to facilitate real-time communication between these groups while maintaining neighbor privacy first and foremost. By bringing security to every neighbor with the free Neighbors app, the Auburn Hills community can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen.”
How It Works
- Download the Neighbors app on iOS and Android here: download.ring.com/neighbors or by texting ‘StaySafe’ to 555888 from your smartphone.
- 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 on 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.
Neighbors is a neighborhood watch app that provides real-time local crime and safety information. Download the free Neighbors app (iOS/Android), join your neighborhood, and use the app to view 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. For more information visit www.ring.com/neighbors.
Ring's mission is to reduce crime in neighborhoods by creating a Ring of Security around homes and communities. Ring is an Amazon company. 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. With Ring, you’re always home.
Auburn Hills Media Contact
Lieutenant Jill McDonnell
Support Services Division Commander
Neighbors Media Contact
Public Relations Coordinator, Ring