Oxford Police become first in state to adopt Neighbors by Ring app

Oxford PD partner with 'neighbors' app

OXFORD, AL (WBRC) - Many of us already have a Ring style video surveillance system where you can see live video of your home or yard by checking your phone.

Now, there's an app that lets your neighbors and even police check in, called Neighbors by Ring.

And Oxford Police claim to be the first in the state to be part of this.

As Oxford Police prepare to unveil their new Criminal Intelligence Center, they rely on as many tools as possible.

Neighbors by Ring is a new app for iPhones and Android phones that lets you see neighbors’ Ring videos if they choose to upload them.

"If you've been the victim of a crime, it detects motion. You can choose to upload this video to the portal, the suspect to the portal," says the department's investigations commander, Capt. Chip Owens.

Police won’t, however, be able to tap into the livestream of your home surveillance.

"A lot of people were worried police might just be able to sign in and watch your doorbell and what have you, it does not work that way," says Owens.

Police will have access to the portal, however, and will be able to share these videos--with authorization from homeowners--in case anyone else sees the perpetrator.

They will also be able to pass on crime tips as well.

Your neighbors would have access to the video, so they would know who to watch in your neighborhood.

'With the East Metro Crime Center opening up, it would be another tool in the toolbox for us, you've heard me say it before," says Owens.

The app is available at the Apple and Google Play stores. Or you can text “oxfordal” to 555888 for a link to download.

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