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BALDWIN (KDKA) – The Baldwin Police Department has started a new project, which will help with obtaining surveillance video.
According to police, the Project B-Safe initiative takes advantage of a new application from Ring.
Ring’s devices come with a video function that allows the user to see visitors at their door, packages being delivered, etc.
However, a new application allows police departments to contact Ring customers in the area of a crime in order to obtain video evidence. Through the application, residents will be able to share their video with police.
“The residents can see what’s going on at their own residence, they can share it with us, and we have a total, encompassing effort between citizens and police to know what’s going on in the neighborhoods,” said Baldwin Police Chief Michael Scott.
The Baldwin Police Department is selling Ring devices to the first 50 qualified residents in the borough. The devices normally sell for $199, but police were selling them for $40.
In order to qualify, residents must install the device at their home, have access to Wi-Fi and have a smartphone.
The initial sign-up is already full, but more spots are expected to be added to the program.
Anyone interested in participating is asked to contact Baldwin Police at firstname.lastname@example.org
Baldwin Borough is the first community in western Pennsylvania to start this program.