Vallejo, California – February 24, 2020 – We are excited to announce that the Vallejo Police Department has joined Neighbors by Ring (available via iOS/Android here: https://shop.ring.com/pages/neighbors
to provide the citizens of Vallejo with real-time, local crime and safety information. Nationwide, the Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe.
“The Vallejo Police Department is committed to finding innovative ways to serve our residents and to keep our neighborhoods safe,” said Chief Shawny K. Williams.
The Neighbors app provides a free and effective way for residents to receive updates from Vallejo Police Department and for us to collaborate as a community to reduce crime. Vallejo residents are already using Neighbors to share crime and safety-related photos, videos, and information with one another. The app will provide us an opportunity to further engage with the community in these crime-reducing efforts.
According to our residential burglary statistics for 2019, the city of Vallejo had 514 incidents of reported residential burglary. Numerous studies show once a home is victimized it can be further re-victimized – this is because it is easier for offenders to repeat a crime where they have already been successful than to identify a new target. The Vallejo Police Department encourages our citizens to do the following to help lower the risk of burglary to their homes:
- Install burglar alarms – many burglary suspects will avoid residences with alarms
- “Target harden” homes – install sturdy doors with deadbolts, window locks – rather than latches, windows with forced entry resistance, engrave/mark high-value property items and ensure that burglar alarm signs are visible
- Increase occupancy indicators, i.e., interior and exterior lights, cars in the driveway, dogs, lights with timers that suggest someone is home, and before going on vacation, have mail stopped
- Improve visibility by cutting away trees and shrubs so that views of the home are not blocked by neighbors or those passing by – have motion-activated lighting to enhance visibility
- Implement a neighborhood watch program – being extra vigilant when a home nearby in your neighborhood is burglarized
For more information on what residents can do to combat residential burglary please refer to the following problem oriented policing website:
Residents can download the free Neighbors app, join their neighborhood, and use the app to monitor neighborhood activity; 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. Text ‘join today’ to 555888
or click here: https://download.ring.com/vallejo
from your smartphone to download the app for free on iOS/Android and see what’s happening in your neighborhood. For more information, visit www.ring.com
How It Works
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 informs 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.