Perhaps it’s just me, but I think this is very cool…

This is the weekly crime report from my Ring Video Doorbell app (displayed on my iPad). I’ve zoomed it in to show the west side of town, where I live (the tiny blue house icon):

The blue rectangle in the upper left quadrant is the perimeter I personally set in my app for receiving instant notification of crimes/suspicious activities and other alerts (such as coyote sitings in or near neighborhoods, unusual police/fire activity, that sort of thing). Anyone with Ring inside that rectangle who posts an alert—usually including video, always with a map location—I get an instant alert notification on my phone, and can keep an eye out if it’s anywhere near me.

The crime report can be filtered by type (bottom row of tabs). As you can see, my immediate area (practically in the mountains) is rather calm, compared to much of the rest of the city.

I also think it’s hilarious that police departments are now getting upset that people are using home surveillance systems, smart phone apps, and social media (the local neighborhood social media site Nextdoor is particularly useful in this) to record, identify, track, and apprehend criminals and troublemakers—or are simply filming an incident as it transpires—and are often neglecting to call 911 in the process.

So police are now urging people to call them BEFORE doing all this, “so we can start our investigation prior to the public starting their investigation”…(or, so they can assault us, arrest us, fine us/seize our property, shoot us or our dog(s)…yeah, right.)

I recently posed the question:

“If fire departments could extort money and/or property from fire victims, and if firemen were given quotas and bonuses based on that—how many more fires do you suppose there’d be?’

And in that same vein, I often ask:

“Why are police still out patrolling everywhere, looking for trouble (and often causing it themselves), when everybody has smart phones now? Go back to the station. Have a donut. We’ll call ya if we need ya.”

Or, not.

(Side note: This practice is also reminiscent of the recent trend of people taking Ubers to the hospital, instead of calling ambulances, both to save money, and for the sake of privacy (calling 911 can summon the police to your location as well, an extremely dangerous proposition in today’s police state…) And, while we’re on the topic: another, even better option for emergency assistance: the free Cell 411 app, which enables users to create their own private emergency response network, summoning family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. depending on the type of emergency—you know, people who have your best interest at heart, instead of the police, who obviously do not).

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