The Seal Beach Police Department has joined Neighbors, a free app by Ring, as of Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The Seal Beach Police Department will now be able to use Neighbors as a new way to connect with residents at the local level to provide valuable safety information.
Neighbors is a free and simple app that helps community members stay informed of local incidents and share neighborhood safety updates, while keeping their privacy protected. Neighbors brings residents together to have impactful safety conversations and engage with their local public safety agencies on the app in their area to make their neighborhoods safer. The app is available for anyone to use with or without a Ring device.
Having an effective and easy means of hyper-local communication with residents is central to public safety and why the Seal Beach Police Department has decided to join Neighbors in their efforts to serve the community. The Seal Beach Police Department is now even better positioned to notify residents of a nearby safety incident, or share proactive tips and emergency preparedness information ahead of time.
It’s important to note that local public safety officials do not have access to user cameras, live streams or personal information when using Neighbors. When an individual user chooses to post a video or comment on the app, they are identified only as “Neighbor #” and the location of posts are obscured to protect user privacy. Public safety officials are always identified by their last name and agency when using Neighbors and can view and comment as well as share posts to the app in their jurisdiction.
Residents can learn more about the Neighbors app and how public safety agencies use the Neighbors Public Safety Service by visiting Ring’s website and the Neighbors Public Safety Service homepage.
How to Use Neighbors
- Download the Neighbors app: Residents do not need a Ring device to join Neighbors and can text ‘JoinToday’ to 555888 or visit the app store from their smartphone in order to download the Neighbors app for free on iOS, Android and FireOS devices.
- Join Your Neighborhood: Once downloaded, users can join their neighborhood, share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive safety alerts and updates from their neighbors, local police and fire departments as well as from the Ring team.
- Customize Alerts: Users can adjust their settings and select the alert categories most relevant to them.
- Join the Conversation: Users decide what content to share and whether or not they wish to engage with other users, including local police and fire departments, on the app.
“We’re excited to use this application to help keep the community safe,” said Seal Beach Chief of Police Philip L. Gonshak. “If a crime or other incident is captured on video, this will make it easier for the community to share that evidence with our investigators.”
Since its founding in 2013, Ring has been on a mission to make neighborhoods safer. From the first-ever video doorbell, to the award-winning DIY Ring Alarm system, Ring’s smart home security product line, as well as the Neighbors App, offer users affordable whole-home and neighborhood security. At Ring, we are committed to making home and neighborhood security accessible and effective for everyone — while working hard to bring communities together. Ring is an Amazon company. For more information, visit www.ring.com. With Ring, you’re always home.
For questions about this app or other innovative ways that the Seal Beach Police Department uses technology to keep the community safe, please contact Sergeant Nick Nicholas at (562) 799-4100 ext. 1160 or [email protected].
This article was released by the Seal Beach Police Department.