Po­lice depart­ment joins neigh­bors app by Ring

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS - Times-Her­ald staff re­port

The Vallejo Po­lice Depart­ment has joined Neigh­bors by Ring to pro­vide the cit­i­zens of Vallejo with re­al­time, lo­cal crime and safety in­for­ma­tion, the depart­ment an­nounced on Mon­day.

The Neigh­bors app pro­vides a free and ef­fec­tive way for res­i­dents to re­ceive up­dates from the depart­ment and for us to col­lab­o­rate as a com­mu­nity to re­duce crime, Capt. Ja­son Potts said in a news re­lease.

“Vallejo res­i­dents are al­ready us­ing Neigh­bors to share crime and safety-re­lated pho­tos, videos, and in­for­ma­tion with one an­other,” he ex­plained. “The app will pro­vide us an op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther en­gage with the com­mu­nity in these crime-re­duc­ing ef­forts.”

Vallejo had 514 in­ci­dents of re­ported res­i­den­tial bur­glary in 2019. 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 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.

“The Vallejo Po­lice Depart­ment is com­mit­ted to find­ing in­no­va­tive ways to serve our res­i­dents and to keep our neigh­bor­hoods safe,” said Vallejo Po­lice Chief Shawny K. Wil­liams in the same re­lease.

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.

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