Police Departments Partnering With Ring Surveillance


STERMAN GOOD EVENING. WE HAVE SEEN ALL TOO MANY OF THESE RINGS SECURITY VIDEOS CAPTURING PEEPING TOMS, NOW CATCHING THE ATTENTION OF POLICE. THE VIDEO DOORBELL COMPANY IS WORKING WITH POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. CHICAGO POLICE WANT ACCESS AND SOON. ERIC? Reporter: THEY ARE EXPLORING THE PARTNERSHIP POSSIBILITY WITH RING. IN AURORA, A PARTNERSHIP HAS BEEN UNDERWAY FOR MONTHS NOW. I PAID THEM A VISIT TO SEE HOW THE PROCESS WORKS. THE CHIME SOUNDS, AND THE CAMERA RECORDS, A RING DOORBELL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM ATTACHED TO HIS CAREER HOME. THE DEVICE CONNECTS TO AN APP THAT ALLOWS HIM TO VIEW LIVE FEEDS FROM HIS PHONE. WE WERE JUST TESTING IT. THIS WEEK, RING ANNOUNCED THEY ARE PARTNERING WITH OVER 400 POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY GRANTING OFFICERS TO HOMEOWNERS CAMERA FOOTAGE TO HELP SOLVE CRIMES, SOMETHING HE SAYS HE IS SKEPTICAL OF. FLORIDA TOPS THE LIST OF AGENCIES ON BOARD WITH 67. TEXAS COMES IN A NUMBER TWO WITH 57. 31 CALIFORNIA POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE SIGNED ON. 27 HERE IN ILLINOIS ARE TAKING PART, MOST OF THEM IN THE CHICAGO AREA, INCLUDING AURORA. THE AURORA POLICE DEPARTMENT TELLS CBS2 HE REALIZES THAT COLLABORATION RAISES PRIVACY CONCERNS. HE SAYS OFFICERS DON’T HAVE INFORMATION OR THE ABILITY TO SEE REAL-TIME SURVEILLANCE. INSTEAD, PLEASE LOG INTO A SITE CONNECTED TO THE RING APT TO REQUEST FOOTAGE FROM HOMEOWNERS. AFTER ENTERING A FEW DETAILS ABOUT THE CRIME, OFFICERS CAN ONLY PINPOINT A PARTICULAR AREA UP TO HALF A SQUARE MILE RIDE. AN EMAIL GOES OUT TO ALL RING USERS WITHIN THAT RANGE ASKING FOR FOOTAGE THAT COULD HELP SOLVE THE CASE. RING USERS CAN CONSENT ORDER CLIENT AND EVEN OPT TO BE REMOVED FROM FUTURE REQUESTS ALTOGETHER. HE IS HOPEFUL HOMEOWNERS WILL WORK WITH THEM. AS A COMMUNITY, WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER TO SOLVE A CRIME. Reporter: AURORA POLICE HAVE TRIED REQUESTING FOOTAGE 13

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