BPD now using an app to help combat crime

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The Bloomington Police Department is starting to use the Ring Neighbors App, which is a new approach to neighborhood watch.

All you have to do is download this app on your phone and you can play a role in solving and cutting down on crime in  your neighborhood. Police said this will help them communicate better with the community when it comes to crime solving.

In this app people can post warnings, videos and pictures that can potentially lead to identifying suspects.  

“You can talk back and forth you know be posting videos and say ‘yeah that person came to my house yesterday’ and then we as the police can comment and say ‘hey make sure to call the police’ or you know solicitation laws. Or if there’s any violent crimes we can actually send a push notification that says ‘hey anybody in this area can you please send videos to our email or the ring neighbors app,” said John Fermon, BPD public information officer.

Some other communities are already using the app and it’s helped them catch package thieves and stop burglaries. The app doesn’t show the names of those who post so people can remain anonymous.

You can text “BloomingtonPD” to 555-888 to download the free app.

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