Nassau Police Team Up With Ring To Catch Porch Pirates, Other Criminals

Sophia Hall
December 04, 2019 - 5:14 pm
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MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Nassau County police are teaming up with Amazon’s Ring doorbell company and its associated apps to catch porch pirates.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports, crime tends to remain low in the county, but a growing issue involves people approaching homes and swiping packages.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder says they have partnered with the Ring doorbell company to help catch culprits by asking customers if they would like share their video with the police department if a crime is committed in their neighborhood.

He says the hope is that the videos will lead police to an arrest quicker and deter future criminals.

“If they say ‘yes,’ then Ring will pull the video down and send it to the detective who’s handling that case in the Intel center where it is more secured and shared properly when needed,” Ryder said.

County Executive Laura Curran has also given her support to partnership, which gives law enforcement the ability to monitor communities remotely.

Ryder adds that if a person wants to submit video anonymously, that’s a possibility as well.

“If we receive that video and that owner does not want to give their information, they don’t have to,” Ryder said. “If we can’t use it, we still will be required to provide defense council with the video, but that doesn’t mean we have to say where it came from.”

The commissioner also notes videos that have no value will be deleted and will not be shared with defense attorneys or defendants.