OPD partners with Ring to crack down on crime

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- The Omaha Police Department has teamed up with Ring security via the company’s Neighbors app, which now allows police immediate access to the footage posted by residents.

Ring is a home-surveillance tool homeowners use to record footage happening outside their doors. The system also allows them to post footage to the Neighbors app to keep the community informed.

According to Capt. Steve Cerveny, head of criminal investigation for OPD, police will be on the lookout for video that can identify a suspect or evidence. If a detective spots something, they will reach out to the resident for permission to capture the video.

"This does help expedite the process, in terms of being able to locate evidentiary footage that might help throughout the course of the investigation,” Cerveny said.

Neighbors app user Jeff Longwell said his surveillance captured a thief rummaging through his garbage.

"Anytime that you can provide something for the police for documentation, it does help them solve crimes," he said.