NPD Joins ‘Neighbors’ by Ring to Provide Users with Real-Time, Local Crime and Safety Information

Date of Press Release: 
Fri, 05/03/2019
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

The Norman Police Department announced today that it is joining the free Neighbors app by Ring to provide the Norman community with real-time, local crime and safety information. The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe.

Residents can text ‘normanok’ to 555888 from their smartphone to download the Neighbors app for free on iOS and Android and use the app to; join their neighborhood, share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from their neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team.

“The Neighbors app will provide the Norman Police Department yet another tool for real-time communication with Norman residents regarding important crime and safety messages,” said NPD Interim Chief Kevin Foster. “We hope that community members will actively participate in the app as we work together to reduce crime and keep neighborhoods safe across Norman.”

Jamie Siminoff, Chief Inventor and Founder of Ring, said: “We’re excited to have the Norman Police Department join Neighbors to keep their community up-to-date on local crime and safety information. 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. Neighbors is meant to facilitate real-time communication between these groups, while maintaining neighbor privacy first and foremost. By bringing security to every neighbor with the free Neighbors app, the Norman community can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen.”

How It Works:

  • Download the Neighbors app on iOS and Android here: download.ring.com/neighbors or by texting ‘normanok’ to 555888 from your smartphone.
  • Opt-in to join your neighborhood.
  • Customize the geographic area you want to receive notifications for (users must verify where they are located and cannot participate in other neighborhoods).
  • Receive real-time alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team that inform of crime and safety alerts as they happen.
  • View local 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.
  • Work with your community to make neighborhoods safer.