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Gilbert residents can now receive real-time crime info on their phones

Mar 6, 2019, 2:45 PM
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PHOENIX — Residents in an East Valley town will be now be able to receive real-time information on crime and safety in their neighborhoods on their smartphones.

The Gilbert Police Department partnered with the Neighbors app by Ring. The free app will allow allow people to share evidence of a potential crime that was captured on a home security device.

The app will “provide our officers a technological advantage when investigating crimes,” Gilbert Police Chief Michael Soelberg said in a Tuesday statement.

“This application is an exceptional way to connect residents and law enforcement to help us all stay informed about crimes occurring in the community.”

Phoenix and Surprise police departments also use the app, which allows anyone  — not just those with Ring devices — to share videos, photos and other information.

While the app is primarily used to share information between neighbors, officers can look at the feed and reach out to residents for video or photos if a crime is suspected.

But officers only have access to the content that is posted to the app or shared with the department in response to a specific request, they will not be able to tap into those devices and monitor them around the clock.

“When neighbors, the Ring team and law enforcement all work together, we can create safer communities,” Ring founder and chief inventor Jamie Siminoff said in a statement.

“By bringing security to every neighbor…Gilbert can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen.”

Anyone who is looking to join the app can simply download it on their iOS or Android device, choose their neighborhood and activate real-time alerts.

Users can also view local crime and safety posts on a live feed or interactive map and share text updates, photos and videos taken on any device.

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Gilbert residents can now receive real-time crime info on their phones