Newark is taking a different approach to increase security in a few of the city’s neighborhoods — the city is giving out Ring video doorbells to some residents.
The New Jersey city is giving out 500 of Ring’s video doorbells to residents of the Weequahic and Forest Hill sections of the city, News 12 New Jersey reports. Those particular neighborhoods have high rates of property crime.
A New Appraoch
Law enforcement officials hope that a network of Ring cameras will create a sort of “digital neighborhood watch” to help identify — and ultimately arrest — suspects.
If you’re wondering how police will decide just which residents get Ring video doorbells, there will be a lottery to apply for the systems. For residents who don’t get the doorbells, police are still urging them to download the Ring app to send and receive real-time crime alerts.
A press release from the Newark Department of Public Safety notes eligible residents can enter the lottery through the end of Sunday, March 18. Residents who are chosen to receive a video doorbell will be contacted by a Ring representative.
We’ve heard of first responders getting free home security systems before, but this is different, and it’s a new way of attacking property crime. Newark police have apparently decided that a network of home security cameras is a good way of reducing the problem, and it’ll be interesting to see if this has a noticeable impact.
Whether or not this — any sort of agencies giving home security equipment to residents — becomes any sort of trend remains to be seen. It will likely depend on agreements with security companies, and if this approach is proved to have any effectiveness. But distribution as a trend, or on a larger scale, would certainly change things for both prospective consumers and home security companies.