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Fort Myers Police and 'Ring' consider partnership

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Posted at 7:15 AM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 07:15:07-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- You've seen the videos from that Ring security app that shows porch pirates and other crooks in action. So should that app and police team up?

You never want to think about it, but imagine someone is at your door and up to no good.

“All of a sudden we heard a loud bang on the door.” That happened to Kenneth Bullivant, who lives in safe neighborhood in Fort Myers.

“Betty yelled out, ‘who is it and what do you want?’”

Fort Myers Police do not know who the man was, but at least they have images of him.

Ring app wants to help the Fort Myers Police Department decrease crime. It's unclear how they want to approach it, but Cape Coral Police partnered with Ring in 2018.

“With the more video that's out there, it's giving the opportunity for us to capture actual suspects, either in the act, or leaving the scene or even going to the scene,” says Cape Coral Police Master Sergeant Allan Kolak.

Cape police say the partnership is simple. The department can request video through the Ring app to neighbors who have the app, and they easily share the video with them.

Sgt. Kolak says it's helped solve several cases. “It's a good idea for any law enforcement agency to be a part of Ring.”

And guys like Kenneth say it's a good idea for Fort Myers Police. “It works, and I feel comfortable with it here.”