Police use spying doorbells to create digital neighborhood watch networks


It seems like all I have been writing about lately, is how police are using cam-share programs to create city-wide surveillance networks.

When I first heard about ‘Ring’ a smart doorbell with a video camera, I didn’t think much of it.

I mean how could the police state turn what appeared to be an innocuous smart device into another surveillance tool?  

Enter Amazon, who recently purchased Ring for $1 billion dollars.

Fast forward a few months and Amazon announces that Ring is on a mission to work with law enforcement across the country.

Ring a company on a mission to reduce crime in neighborhoods, today launched the Neighbors app on iOS and Android to provide every neighbor with real-time, local crime and safety information. Previously only available in the Ring app, the Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe. Police and sheriff’s departments throughout the U.S. are also joining the network as a new way to share real-time crime and safety alerts with their communities. ”    

For the first time in awhile I have to admit I did not see this one coming.

 Amazon’s doorbell turns ‘neighbors’ into community spies

Police departments across the country are creating spying doorbell networks or as they call them ‘Neighbors’ a digital neighborhood watch program.

Amazon created a ‘Neighbors’ app that allows homeowners to send videos of suspicious people to the police and neighbors.

An article in Motherboard warns, “the app, while presented as a crime-fighting aid, could also be a new place for paranoid people to profile fellow citizens, as similar platforms in the past”.

Nosy neighbors send videos of suspicious people to the police in real-time.

“App users can see recent crime and safety posts uploaded by their neighbors, the Ring team and local law enforcement via an interactive map. If a neighbor notices suspicious activity in their area, they can post their own text, photo or video and alert the community to proactively prevent crime.”

image credit: Ring

Just like New Jersey’s ‘Citizen Virtual Patrol’ program, Amazon’s spying doorbells are turning neighbors into stay-at-home spies!

“A lot of our customer videos are of nice family moments, a curious animal or maybe a stranger on someone’s porch,” Ring’s blog post said.

Think about that the next time you have a BBQ party or invite friends over. (To find out more about virtual block watch programs click here.)

Because nothing says ‘NEIGHBOR’ quite like a spying doorbell.

Police admit ‘Ring’ is an extension of ‘See Something Say Something’

Soon police departments across the country will begin encouraging neighbors to install Ring’s spying doorbells.

A Ring spokesperson told Motherboard, “Over the next days and weeks, law enforcement across the U.S. will be joining Neighbors.”

Police chief accidentally admits neighborhood watch’s are an extension of the police state.

“It’s an increase in the eyes and ears, and I think it’s welcome,” says Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione. “Everybody nationwide is pushing the ‘if you see something, say something’ way of thinking.”

If you have been reading my recent stories about smarty city projects, digital neighborhood watch’s and police cam-share programs, one thing has become crystal clear.

DHS is using them to expand its ‘see something, say something’ way of thinking by creating city-wide surveillance networks. (To find out more about police cam-share programs click here & here.)


5 thoughts on “Police use spying doorbells to create digital neighborhood watch networks

  1. “Everybody nationwide is pushing the ‘if you see something, say something’ way of thinking.”

    Pushing it off the roof, hopefully.

    It’s all part of the TV brainwashing that miraculously turned cops from stooges to heroes overnight. People were taught to worship authority rather than question it, and that’s left us with a nation of rat bastards who provide the enemy with all the information they need to destroy our freedom, and eventually destroy us, too.

    Someday, everyone with a spying doorbell will see their house burn to the ground with them in it. Owning one of those things is proof that you’re an enemy spy.

  2. I have a camera system at my place, I would Never dream of ever hooking it up to the network

    even with a private protocol and secure link, i still will not

    and if ever asked about my cameras by the Pigs I tell them they are decoys .. who knows , if their guard is down I might just catch me a pig

  3. New Jersey.com admits police cam-share programs are all about spying on citizens:

    Many municipalities in New Jersey, such as Morris Township, Fanwood, Wayne and Denville have “camera share programs” where home and business owners can voluntarily give police access to residents who have their own camera surveillance.

    “Everybody has their own way of describing someone. This gives us the ability to take out the human element of perception,” said Detective Sgt. Heather Glogolich of Morris Township, noting their camera share program has helped them catch burglars.

    “We’re only going to ask for it if it’s going to assist with an investigation.”

    In other major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago police have similar surveillance cameras to those in Newark.

    NJ.com interviews ONE citizen who claims spying on citizens is a good thing!

    “There are pros and cons to it, but I definitely think it’s a good thing,” said Dan Phillips II, owner of Dan’s Hats and Caps. “It’s the society we live in. Technology can help keep us safer.”

  4. NYPD Uses Cam-Share Program To Expand Surveillance Of Public:

    New York is among a handful of big U.S. cities that have been developing extensive surveillance networks in recent years using federal anti-terrorism funding. New York’s network was initially modeled after London’s so-called ‘Ring of Steel,’ the most extensive surveillance camera network anywhere.

    There are no legal restrictions against using the surveillance network for traditional crime fighting, though much of the network has been built with Homeland Security grants. But the sheer scope and sophistication of the system worries people like Christopher Dunn, associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

    The department has also doubled the number of public and private surveillance cameras in the network from 3,000 in lower Manhattan to 6,000 citywide, Daddario said. About one third of the devices are police cameras and the rest are existing surveillance cameras that private businesses allow the police to tap into.

    The NYPD has also begun incorporating hundreds of its so-called VIPER cameras, which are deployed in public housing complexes throughout the city, into the DAS system. The cameras can pan, tilt and zoom, and can be operated remotely from a precinct desktop.

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