PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — Peoria Police is now on the free ‘Neighbors’ by Ring app to provide real-time crime and safety alerts to Peoria residents.
Residents can text “peoriapd” to 555888 to download the app on their iOS or Android smartphone. The app allows users to share crime and safety-related videos, photos, and posts, and receive safety alerts from neighbors, the police, and Ring.
“I am excited to announce our partnership with Neighbors by Ring,” said Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III. “Our partnership allows us to interact with residents by sharing local crime and safety updates. We see this as a valuable way for us to further our relationship with citizens and work together.”
Ring is known for making video doorbells which can sync to your phone, but police said you don’t have to own a Ring device to use the Neighbors app.
Chief Marion pointed out that users still have privacy when they use the app; you can even post anonymously.
“This does not grant law enforcement access to the cameras or user data, I think that’s important too,” said Marion, “The device does not have that technology.”
Marion also said it’s very important for users to remember this is not a replacement for 911. If you have an emergency, always dial 911 right away. He encouraged members of the public to report crime to police instead of talking about it on social media, and hopes people will take advantage of the Neighbors app as a way to speak directly to police about neighborhood crime.
Bloomington Police are also on the Neighbors app.