The Hazlet Police department is partnered with the Ring Neighbors app. This enables residents who have the Ring security cameras to upload and share their video footage with Hazlet police and allows Hazlet Police Officers or Detective to request video from users via the Ring Portal.
This can help prevent crime and help police make arrests, particularly in incidents such as “porch pirating”/package theft to more serious crimes such as burglary, domestic violence, home invasions and vandalism. Ring doorbell cameras have also captured car accidents and even found lost pets.
The App does not allow complete access to users of the Ring doorbell or footage of the Neighbors App, here’s what it does do:
- 1. Allows us to interact on a social media network with members of our community who are using the free Neighbors app.
- Allows us to send out requests for videos in targeted geographical areas and specific time frames to assist in the investigation of crime or any other incident that would warrant police involvement.
- Allows the residents in our community another avenue of communication with the police department.
- Creates a cooperative relationship between the police and residents for the peace and safety of our township.
In other words, through this program, the community will be able to work together, sharing pertinent footage as appropriate from the many camera systems throughout our township. The combination will provide a benefit greater than the sum of its many parts.
Some of the crimes that our residents’ cameras have helped us solve include vehicle burglaries, home burglaries, thefts, trespassing, domestic violence, illicit drug activity and assault by auto.
Please keep in mind our residents’ rights to privacy and the privacy of the Neighbors by Ring users are of the utmost importance to the Hazlet Township Police Department. We would like to assure our residents that this program does not allow any access to camera footage without the owner’s permission