Tim "Cheese" Barnes

City Manager's Report:  Lakeport Police Partner with Ring

The Lakeport Police Department is partnering with Ring, the video doorbell manufacturer, and participating in Ring’s Neighbors App. The Neighbors App is an online program that allows users to track criminal activity in their neighborhood in real time through their smart devices, similar to an online neighborhood watch.

Ring created the app as part of its mission to support safer neighborhoods and more connected communities by creating a free tool for residents and local law enforcement to share real-time local crime and safety information whether or not the users actually own one of Ring’s camera devices. The app already has millions of users across the nation and has been found to be instrumental in catching criminals.

After downloading the app, users can join their digital neighborhood and utilize the app to view activity in their neighborhood, share crime and safety related videos, photos and text- based posts. Users will also be able to receive text-based alerts from their neighbors, local law enforcement and selected crime and safety news sources in real time.

In partnering with Ring through the Neighbors App, the Lakeport Police Department will be able to send real-time alerts to residents, provide updates about local crime and other safety concerns, as well as submit requests to residents for video footage relevant to investigations in specific geographic areas.

It is important to note that the app is not intended to replace calling 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency or utilizing the department’s non-emergency line for other police-related matters.

It is also important to note that the Lakeport Police Department will not have access to any resident’s cameras or user data. The police department can only view content residents have publicly posted to the app or that users have chosen to share with the department in response to a specific request. Posts made by users other than the police department do not display the poster’s identity.

The Lakeport Police department looks forward to working with our community through the Neighbors App to prevent and solve crimes in our community. We hope that you will join us on the Neighbors App and help us continue to make Lakeport a safer place.

We have included a link to a video below that will further explain the video request feature.