There is very little evidence that Ring reduces crime. Hundreds of police departments have signed agreements with Amazon-owned Ring to obtain access to the home surveillance camera footage. Interviews with many of them, in 8 different states, show little to no evidence that Ring actually deters criminal activity.
"We don't have any research data showing that Ring has a correlation to a reduction," Jodee Reyes, a spokeswoman for the Carlsbad Police Department near San Diego told NBC News.
"Our residential burglary rate began decreasing before Ring gave us access to their portal. There are more than likely many factors that have led to this decrease."
Since 2018, Ring has signed up more than 800 law enforcement agencies as "partners," offering them access to video footage recorded by its millions of customers' internet-connected cameras across the U.S. through an app called Neighbors.
Ring promises to "make neighborhoods safer" by deterring and helping to solve crimes, citing its own research that says an installation of its doorbell cameras reduces burglaries by more than 50 percent. But an NBC News Investigation has found — after interviews with 40 law enforcement agencies in eight states that have partnered with Ring for at least three months — that there is little concrete evidence to support the claim.
Three agencies said the ease with which the public can share Ring videos means officers spend time reviewing clips of non-criminal issues such as racoons and petty disagreements between neighbors. Others noted that the flood of footage generated by Ring cameras rarely led to positive identifications of suspects, let alone arrests.
Thirteen of the 40 jurisdictions reached, including Winter Park, said they had made zero arrests as a result of Ring footage. Thirteen were able to confirm arrests made after reviewing Ring footage, while two offered estimates. The rest, including large cities like Phoenix, Miami, and Kansas City, Missouri, said that they don't know how many arrests had been made as a result of their relationship with Ring — and therefore could not evaluate its effectiveness — even though they had been working with the company for well over a year.
(Cyrus Farivar, nbcnews.com, Feb. 15, 2020)
Ring, citing its own research, promises to reduce burglaries by more than 50%. But this @NBCNews investigation found "that there is little concrete evidence to support the claim" — @cfarivar https://t.co/d7trbCubu9
— Fabio Chiusi (@fabiochiusi) February 16, 2020
Second verse same as the first. #SurveillanceCapitalism isn't about keeping people safe, it's about selling information. @amazon is preying on fear without making anyone safer. Ring itself says it does not know how effective its own cameras are. https://t.co/AYNkMbBhXu
— 𝕃𝕠𝕔𝕦𝕥𝕦𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝔹𝕠𝕣𝕘™ (@WildPalmsLtd) February 17, 2020
Pretty much every scholar who has spent any serious amount of time thinking and working in this space has said that these technologies don't enhance safety; they merely scare people into buying the products and services of surveillance and tech companies looking for more revenue. https://t.co/AgfGUEYU2o
— Ali Alkhatib (@_alialkhatib) February 16, 2020
This article conflates reducing crime & catching criminals throughout the article making it hard to draw conclusion. Law enforcement in US fundamentally about punishing crime not reducing it. Quality of the economy & community reduce crime not cops or techhttps://t.co/EhxSBkYFMa
— Dare Obasanjo (@Carnage4Life) February 16, 2020
— David Brauer (@dbrauer) February 16, 2020
So the main beneficiary of the 800+ deals with police departments appears to be Amazon https://t.co/SxrGblOxzF
— Olivia Solon (@oliviasolon) February 15, 2020
Good thread on Ring and it's somewhat sinister deals with police. (What I want to know is whether Ring ever hired an 'editor-in-chief' they advertised for a while back ) https://t.co/QtJBQW9lgD
— emily bell (@emilybell) February 15, 2020
— Matt Cagle (@Matt_Cagle) February 15, 2020
Since 2018, Ring has signed up more than 800 law enforcement agencies as "partners," offering them access to video footage recorded by millions of customers' cameras.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 15, 2020
It's not clear to me that if it DID solve crimes we'd know how to weigh that as a society against our values, but this is important reporting. https://t.co/4pCAVrge9o
— Jacob Ward (@byjacobward) February 15, 2020