Ring’s security devices are advertised as a product that gives people peace of mind about their homes, and the company’s cooperation with law enforcement appears to provide additional security for users,media reported. Recent lying about the Amazon company, however, suggests that its security cameras are not as effective as expected, and that they may not help the police solve the case at all.
In a report in New York Magazine, Max Read recounts his experience installing Ring security cameras on apartment doors. After using the product, Read was highly alert to what was happening at home, in part because the camera pairing app received a lot of action notifications from the camera and the Neighbors app’s Safety Alerts. It sounds a bit like providing Ring users with a web of social media that makes him very addictive.
He also questioned whether Ring’s marketing strategy relied heavily on convincing homeowners that their property was constantly under threat from crime, and that Ring cameras could help prevent this from happening.
In addition, while the company has partnerships with nearly 900 law enforcement agencies, many actually can’t attribute their cases to Ring’s help, according to an NBC News survey. NBC News interviewed 40 law enforcement agencies from eight states that have been working with Ring for at least three months.
According to 13 of the 40 jurisdictions, including Winter Park, they benefited from zero arrests from Ring’s camera footage. Thirteen jurisdictions confirmed the arrests after watching Ring’s video, while two gave only a general inference. The rest said they did not know how much of their arrest was related to Ring, and they were unable to assess their effectiveness.
However, many of the arrests that were confirmed to have been carried out through Ring’s camera were due to low-level nonviolent property crimes, such as the theft of a $13 book, the theft of a Nintendo Switch console, and the theft of a $200 sausage dog.
The two stories above show that while Ring can be effective in raising awareness of what’s happening at home, the devices and services the company provides may only make people more fearful of these things and may not help law enforcement much.
Ring declined to comment.