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FPD joins Neighbors app

Times staff - news@ftimes.com

The Frankfort Police Department announced on Monday that it has joined the "Neighbors" app by Ring in order to provide the Frankfort community with real-time, local crime and safety information. According to a press release sent by the FPD, the Neighbors network has millions of users and has been “instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries and keeping neighborhoods safe.”

Residents can download the free Neighbors app, join their 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 their neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team.

According to the FPD release, the free “virtual neighborhood watch” does not require users to have a doorbell camera but will allow all residents to view publicly posted videos and photos without compromising anyone’s privacy.

“We are excited to join the Neighbors app,” said Chief of Police Troy Bacon. “This is another communication tool that we can use to collaborate with the community to problem-solve crime and community issues, share crime related news and safety tips.”

Joining the Neighbors app does not grant law enforcement access to cameras or user data. Law enforcement can only view content residents have publicly posted to the Neighbors app or that they have decided to share with law enforcement in response to a specific request.

“By joining the Neighbors app by Ring, the department is joining a community conversation that is already taking place,” said FPD Detective Tommy Dillingham. “Residents do not need to own a Ring device or any other home security system in order to download and use the Neighbors app. This is one more way that we can connect with our residence to strengthen and enhance investigations, information sharing, and community partnerships.”

The Neighbors app is available for free on iOS, Android and FireOS devices. Residents can text ‘JOINTODAY’ to 555888 from their smartphone to receive a link to download the Neighbors app. They can then opt-in to join their neighborhood and customize the geographic area they want to receive notifications for. Users must verify where they are located and cannot participate in other neighborhoods. They can then receive real-time alerts from neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team that inform of crime and safety alerts as they happen. Users will also be able to view local crime and safety posts via a live feed or interactive map and share text updates, photos and videos taken on any device, including Ring’s home security devices.