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CCPD gets crime tool program

Cape residents can get real-time alerts

May 17, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Staying up to date on crime in Cape Coral is now as easy as opening an app on your smart phone.

The Cape Coral Police Department is joining forces with the Neighbors (by Ring) app that will give residents real-time alerts and let users report crime in their area.

"Neighbors is the newest tool that we want to provide citizens to connect with the Cape Coral Police Department and each other. Neighbors allows the Cape Coral Police Department to share real-time, local safety information with our citizens. More importantly, it allows residents to share information directly with us, and each other, building a stronger, safer Cape Coral, one neighborhood at a time," said Lieutenant Dana Coston, CCPD?spokesperson in a written statement.

Think of it as a neighborhood crime watch network - social media style.

Upon downloading, users will enable their device's location and the app will provide you with all crime reports in your surrounding area coming from law enforcement, along with posts from people in the community.

Videos, pictures, and regular text-posts of potential crime in your area is accessible on your device to read and post, as well as how far away these incidents happened from you.

Coston says the decision to implement this technology was an easy one.

"Ring approached us regarding this partnership. Access to Neighbors is free for users as well as the Cape Coral Police Department and after going through the demo to see how easy the tool is to use for us to push information to citizens and for citizens to share with us, it was a 'no-brainer'," he states.

This was not a reactionary decision made by CCPD towards crime, but one that allows them to cast a wider net in the community.

"This has more to do with the technology being 'ready' than anything else. We have hit a technological inflection point where HD cameras and wifi are ubiquitous and relatively inexpensive and social media is popular and by all appearances here to stay. Neighbors taps into the connected cameras that are out there already (whether Ring's own products, other manufacturers' products, cell phones, etc) and is creating a social network for users to share info with each other and with law enforcement," said Coston.

Jamie Siminoff, chief inventor and founder of Ring said in a written statement: "We're excited to have the Cape Coral Police Department join Neighbors to keep their community up-to-date on local crime and safety information. Over the past few years we have learned that, when neighbors, the Ring team, and law enforcement all work together, we can create safer communities. Neighbors is meant to facilitate real-time communication between these groups, while maintaining neighbor privacy first and foremost. By bringing security to every neighbor with the free Neighbors app, the Cape Coral community can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen."

In a short amount of time, CCPD has used the technology to its benefit according to Coston, "I can say that the Cape Coral Police Department has had a couple of apprehensions recently that were aided by their products."

Potential users who are worried that this app will be difficult to navigate, shouldn't be overwhelmed.

"Very," said Coston on whether Neighbors is easy to use.

"The app is free to download, free to use and you do not have to be an owner of a Ring product to benefit and participate," he added.

More information about the Neighbors app in Cape Coral can be found at capecops.com or ring.com/neighbors.

 
 

 

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