Borough President Vito Fossella, District Attorney Michael McMahon, NYPD Announce Partnership with 'Neighbors by Ring' App
Borough President Vito Fossella joined District Attorney Michael McMahon and the NYPD to announce a partnership that will allow Staten Islanders to anonymously upload home security videos, photos, and tips directly to the police through the Ring App.
The “Neighbors by Ring” app is free to download and can be used by any Staten Islander even if they don’t have a Ring system in their homes.
“Videos and photos caught by security cameras are an important and effective tool for law enforcement to ‘catch’ criminals in the act,” said Borough President Fossella. “Working with DA McMahon and the NYPD, we are alerting Staten Islanders about this program. It makes sense to use the camera technology at our homes and businesses to obtain evidence and hopefully bring these culprits to justice. Folks should feel free to download the app and be part of this initiative to make our borough even safer.”
To get the app, Staten Islanders should visit the App Store, download “Neighbors by Ring,” create an account if they do not already have one, and then they will be ready to share video, photos, and information.
Staten Islanders can also visit ring.com/neighbors and follow the same steps. To share video, photos, or information, the App should be opened, and “Neighbors” selected, followed by the blue “Plus” button. They are then asked to answer what category the incident is and should select “Crime,” and then follow the remaining prompts.
Once shared, NYPD executives in the area will automatically be able to see what has been uploaded and if necessary, can request to communicate directly to gain further information. They will not know your exact location and will not have access to your video in real-time -- they will only be able to see what you choose to upload.
You will also be able to view crime and safety events posted by your neighbors within a radius of your home.
“As Staten Island’s top law enforcement official and as a homeowner, I know that so many of us vigilantly capture footage from our home video systems to help us catch those who prey on our residences, vehicles, and property,” said District Attorney McMahon. “Yet sharing this video with law enforcement has sometimes been difficult. The fact is that police cannot monitor every group, page, and site out there, or physically retrieve every clip so this critical evidence sometimes never reaches our attention. That is why this partnership with Neighbors by Ring is so exciting. When a Staten Islander uploads photos or video either from their Ring or using the free app if they are not Ring subscribers, NYPD personnel will have immediate access to that footage, be able to communicate confidentially with the person who posted it, and strategically deploy police manpower to where it is needed most.”
If you have questions about the program or the app, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call your local NYPD precinct