A word from Sheriff Mascara

Mascara, Ken

Recently, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office and Martin County Sheriff’s Office partnered with RING, a leading security camera company providing citizens with real-time, local crime and safety information.

This new partnership has given both law enforcement agencies the opportunity to expand the “Eye Watch” program by adding thousands of residential security cameras to the agency’s list of “go-to” video sources during a criminal investigation. Eye Watch is a web database where residents and businesses with security camera can register so law enforcement can know where sources of video evidence may exist during an investigation.

The partnership with RING includes the use of the free Neighbors app to provide residents with real-time, local crime and safety information. The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe.

Any resident of St. Lucie County can download the free Neighbors app, join your neighborhood, and use the app to monitor neighborhood activity, share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts and receive real-time safety alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the RING team. For more information visit www.ring.com/neighbors or to download the app go to https://go.onelink.me/v1xd/stlucie.

If you have a RING security device, you could help local law enforcement solve crimes. If a crime occurs in your neighborhood, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office may contact you through the Neighbors app and request you share video with them that may have captured suspects, vehicles or other important evidence. Sharing that video is as simple as a couple taps on your smartphone or tablet. However, having a RING device is not a requirement in joining the Neighbors network or downloading the app.

If you don’t have a RING device, but do have another brand of security camera, we’d love to know. Go to www.stluciesheriff.com and click on the Eye Watch logo. It takes just a few minutes to complete a short questionnaire and add yourself to our Eye Watch database. This important tool will allow our detectives to search by an address and see any home or business with a security camera and then contact the owner for permission to review the footage that might help solve a case.

These two programs, RING Neighbors and Eye Watch, are services that allow you to help fight and prevent crime and make your neighborhood safer. Please consider joining us in this effort. You might even help put a criminal behind bars.

For more information about either of these programs, visit our website at www.stluciesheriff.com or call our Crime Prevention Unit at (772) 871-5303.

Ken Mascara is the St. Lucie County Sheriff.

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