CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department has partnered with the Neighbors app by Ring. The free app allows residents to send and receive real-time crime and safety information and updates on their smartphones.

According to the release, Ring launched the Neighbors app in May of 2018 as part of its mission to support safer neighborhoods and build more connected communities. Since that time, it has helped catch thieves stealing packages, prevented home and car burglaries and improved neighborhood safety across the U.S.

The Neighbors app network, which currently has millions of users nationwide, can be utilized by residents whether or not they own a Ring security system or home monitoring product. It also allows the Cranford Police Department to send real-time alerts to residents within a particular area, provide public safety updates, and submit requests for video footage and information that may be relevant to an investigation.

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To protect the safety of users, posts are made anonymously. Cranford Police officers responding through the app are identified by rank and full name, further increasing the safety of the online tool. Further, the Cranford Police Department cannot gain access to cameras or user data through the app; officers and investigators can only view content that residents have either publicly posted or have decided to share in response to a specific request.

The Neighbors app is available on iOS, Android, and FireOS devices. To sign up, text “JOINTODAY” to 555888 to receive a link to download the app.

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