WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Williamson County Sheriff is recruiting homeowners to help catch more criminals. Sheriff Robert Chody is asking those with doorbell cameras to share their pictures and videos. It’s part of a new initiative using the “Neighbors” App.
“I think it’s great. I back the blue around here. They do a good job,” said Jesse Coram, who lives in Round Rock.
Coram said he has a lot to be thankful for— beautiful children, a happy pup and a safe neighborhood.
“Williamson County is known to have a pretty stout police force.”
He’s even happier knowing his family will be under the watchful eyes of both his friends down the street and local law enforcement.
A new partnership between the sheriff’s office and doorbell surveillance company, RING, brings a new level of protection.
Those with RING doorbell cams can share their pics and videos on the “neighbors” app. It’s free for everyone to watch the videos posted, regardless if you have a doorbell cam or not. You and sheriff’s deputies will have total access, so you can share suspicious behavior and they can send you alerts.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging everyone with a RING doorbell camera to share their pictures and videos with the neighbors around them. By doing so, you’ll keep families around you out of the dark.
Sheriff Chody said having this open form of communication cuts investigations down from weeks to days.
“We had one last night that solved a crime from a burglary two or three days ago because they recognized the perpetrator from that camera from two or three days before,” Sheriff Chody said.
The sheriff won’t have any privileged access to your footage, you’ll have to opt-in and post videos yourself. But by doing so, the sheriff says you can keep those people most important to you safe.
How to participate
If you live in Williamson County and want to participate, here’s how it works: text “WILCOTX” to 5-5-5-8-8-8 to download RING’s free “neighbors” app.
Once your address is verified, you get access to real-time alerts from neighbors, law enforcement and the RING team. You’ll be able to share text updates, photos and video taken on any device.