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Oxford police connect neighbors to curb crime

Oxford police hope to connect residents with a new technology system to curb crime in the city.

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 10:50 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2019 9:25 AM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Oxford police hope to connect residents with a new technology system to curb crime in the city.

"Neighbors by Ring" is an alarm system the Oxford Police Department has been using for a while with good results. 

The department is the first in Mississippi to partner with the security provider, Ring, to share safety information through a community-based cellphone app. 

Maj. Jeff McCutchen said Ring is basically a "digital neighborhood watch program" for residents.

"If you live in an area and you have a Ring camera, you can set up a geo-fence for your neighborhood or for your homeowner's association," he said. "In that area, you can keep everyone up to date with what is going on." 

With the alarm system, a small camera is installed inside of any doorbell. Ring then connects all participating cameras and allows information to be shared among police and subscribers. 

There is a price tag with the system.

"Neighbors by Ring" is available through the Oxford Police Department. Residents can visit the department's Twitter or Facebook accounts and follow the available link. 

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