HARFORD COUNTY, Md. — It's being called America's "New Neighborhood Watch". Ring, the doorbell-camera company has partnered with more than 400 police departments, granting them access to homeowners camera footage.
This includes the Anne Arundel County, Harford County and Howard County Police Departments.
The partnerships allow police to request video from Ring users on the company's portal. It's something users already have, and now will include inquiries from police.
"Before, we would have to go our and search a neighborhood and find out who might have a camera in the neighborhood, look at the houses, see if they have a Ring camera on their doors, ask if they have an video, where now we're able to send a message out," said Col. William Davis of the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
Besides getting more evidence to help solve crimes.
Officials also say this increases communication with the community, so they're aware of what's going on in their neighborhoods.