NYPD Announces it will Join Neighbors App to View, Post, and Respond to Crime
By Yehudit Garmaise
To better fight crime, the NYPD has begun to take peeks and listen into New Yorkers’ Ring cameras, the police department announced last week.
While Neighbors, Ring’s community app already provides a way for the NYPD and the public to communicate, now the police department can view and respond to crime- and safety-related information that the app’s users post.
The NYPD will not be monitoring the app 24 hours a day, but the NYPD will post safety notifications on maps and timelines that can include photos or videos.
By using the app’s “Request for Assistance” feature, the NYPD will be able to seek the public’s help with active police matters, such as citywide manhunts.
"The ability to interact online with New Yorkers – often in real-time – adds to the comprehensive crime-fighting strategies already employed by the NYPD in its relentless efforts to keep our city and everyone in it safe," said Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell. "True public safety is a shared responsibility, and this tool stands to further advance the collective work of our police and all the people we serve toward reaching that worthy ideal."
Thankfully, in October, the number of overall shooting incidents decreased by 33.6% citywide, compared with the number of shootings that took place in October 2021, announced, the NYPD.
While shootings, murders, and assaults are thankfully down, many other categories of crime, such as robbery, grand larceny, grand larceny auto, and hate crimes are up.
While 18 Jews were attacked in October 2021, sadly, that number climbed again to 20 last month.
“Keeping New Yorkers safe is our mission – and the NYPD’s commitment to the public will never waver,” said Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell. “Our work to suppress violence, to maintain order on our streets and in our subway stations is intelligence-driven, flexible, and focused on prevention. Our officers are elevating their work every day – particularly in the subway system where the public is seeing our visible presence, extensive coverage in trains and platforms, and more engagement with riders and those who work in the system.”