Latest in Gear

Image credit: The Washington Post via Getty Images

Ring's Neighbors app is a modern take on neighborhood watches

You can use the app without any Ring hardware required.
201 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save
The Washington Post via Getty Images

Smart doorbell company Ring, recently acquired by Amazon, wants to drive a new style of neighborhood watch. Neighbors is a standalone app that takes the quasi-social networking aspect of the Ring app and breaks it out into a standalone application for Android and iOS, no Ring hardware required. It isn't the only app to do so -- there's also Nextdoor -- but that shouldn't make it any less useful.

Starting today, users can leave photos and text responses on a map of their neighborhood as a way to communicate with law enforcement and, well, neighbors, about any suspicious goings-on near their homes. If such a thing happens, you'll get a push notification on your device.

The app store listings boast that this is a great way to track package thieves. Maybe, just maybe, if Richard Guttfield had the app (or a Ring doorbell) last week, he wouldn't have had to email Jeff Bezos to get his puppy back.

From around the web

ear iconeye icontext filevr