The department will be able to access videos that those with doorbells choose to make available to the police. They will not be able to view residents’ surveillance footage without permission, and will not have any access to video in real time. Those with doorbells will choose what footage to post on the Neighbors crime watch app, which is visible to residents and police.
Police regularly use videos recorded by Ring devices and other kinds of surveillance cameras to identify suspects or ask for the public’s help in identifying them. This new network will allow residents to submit these kinds of videos even if a crime has not occurred, in case of suspicious activity or other out-of-the-ordinary occurrances residents may consider potentially helpful to police.
DeKalb County, Brookhaven and Doraville have previously authorized similar agreements between Ring and their police departments.
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