Mountain Brook officials are asking residents throughout the city to buy and install Ring-style security doorbell cameras as the next step in their Stop Crime Now Initiative.
Mountain Brook Mayor Stewart Welch and Police Chief Ted Cook announced the decision as a way to deter crime and help police catch criminals.
“The Ring ‘Neighbors’ app allows us to not only positively identify a potential criminal through video, but in some cases, we can track criminal movement through a neighborhood,” said Cook. “The ‘Neighbors’ app effectively creates a digital Neighborhood Watch.”
The doorbells have the ability to connect directly with police through an app, according to a statement released by the city. Regardless of whether a homeowner is home, the doorbell will send an alert to the user’s phone when someone walks in front of the device or rings the doorbell. The doorbell also can allow homeowners to speak through the device to the visitor, whether the user is at home or elsewhere.
“If we can get citywide adoption of these systems, it will deter crime as criminals learn the security systems are widespread within our community,” Cook said. “It will just be less risky to go somewhere else.”
The city has coordinated with Frank Davies of Little Hardware, on Cahaba Road in English Village, to promote the program, Welch said. The store is selling the devices and can provide installers if necessary.
“This highly effective product costs less than $200,” Welch said. “I own one and it provides a great sense of security.”
For more information on the doorbell systems, Mountain Brook residents can contact Cook at 802-3852 or Davies at Little Hardware, 871-4616.
– Emily Williams