FCSO partners with Neighbors app by Ring

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 10, 2019

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FORSYTH COUNTY – In a continued commitment to community safety, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) is proud to announce its partnership with the Neighbors app by Ring. This app enables community members to both share and receive free, real-time, local crime and safety updates on their smartphones.

The FCSO will utilize the Neighbors app to send real-time alerts to community members in affected areas, provide updates about local crime and safety incidents, and request information and/or video footage from the public related to active investigations. “The Neighbors app provides yet one more way for community members to easily and even anonymously share information with us,” explained Major Mark Elliott, Enforcement Bureau commander. “It’s a proactive tool that utilizes both new technology and old-fashioned communication, and it enhances our ability to locate and identify criminal activity. The Neighbors app allows us to better partner with the community members we serve.”

The identity of individual community members is not displayed when an individual makes a post. The FCSO can only view content community members have publicly posted to the Neighbors app or that is specifically shared with the FCSO in response to a request.

Anyone with a compatible smartphone or tablet can download the Neighbors app, available for free on iOS, Android, and FireOS devices. Community members do not need to own a Ring device — or any other home security system — in order to download and use the app. Individuals can join their digital neighborhood and use the app to share and receive local information, all in real time. Community members should text ‘JOINTODAY’ to 555888 from their smartphone to receive a link to download the Neighbors app.

“We are asking everyone to download the app and spread the word to their neighbors, friends, and family. You do not have to own a home security system to participate in this free, information-sharing network. You just have to care about our community.”

Ring launched the Neighbors app in May of 2018 as part of their 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 they own a Ring device.