Dane Co. Sheriff's Office joins Ring app to provide crime and safety information

Published: May. 28, 2019 at 10:11 AM CDT
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The Dane County Sheriff's Office will be providing the community with real-time crime and safety information through a smartphone app.

The sheriff's office made the announcement on Tuesday that it will join Ring's "Neighbors" app.

"Neighbors" is a technological version of a neighborhood watch. It provides crime and safety alerts from the community and law enforcement. The network network has millions of users and has been used to catch package thieves and stop burglaries.

“We’re excited to team up with Ring on this new technology,” said Sheriff David Mahoney. “Our deputies can spend hours during a crime investigation seeking out video from area homes and businesses. This application will save us time and help keep our citizens informed of what’s happening in their neighborhoods.”

How it works:
  • Text “danecountywi” to 555-888 or click here from your smartphone to download the app for free on iOS and Android.
  • Opt-in to join your neighborhood.
  • Customize the geographic area you want to receive notifications for
  • Receive alerts that inform of crime and safety posts via a live feed or interactive map
  • • Share text updates, photos, and videos taken on any device, including Ring’s home security devices

"Over the past few years we have learned that, when neighbors, the Ring team, and law enforcement all work together, we can create safer communities," said Jamie Siminhoff, Chief Inventor and Founder of Ring. "By bringing security to every neighbor with the free Neighbors app, the Dane County community can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen."