Police department joins neighbors app by Ring
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.