Phone app from home security company "ring".
The hope is it will make neighborhoods safer.
And they'd like residents to get on board..
Koam's mike mahoney spoke to a pittsburg police detective, to learn how the "neighbors" app works.
There's a reason the pittsburg police department is encouraging residents to sign on to the "neighbors" app.it's already caught a crook.
"last holiday season, we were approached by a resident of frontenac, who had captured a porch pirate, or a theft of a package from his porch.
They shared that ring video with us, were able to make an indentification on the suspect, and actually make an arrest on that case."
The free app creates a network, where residents can share crime-related information, photos, and videos with each other, and local police.
But the app is a 2-way street, and also allows police to quickly share information with residents.
"we're able to post crime alerts that we're aware of.
So if we're aware of a burglary or arson in a specific neighborhood, we can send an alert out to that specific area, and if that falls within your neighborhood, you get alerted."
And detective garrison says - people who might be avoiding the app due to privacy concerns, can rest easy.
"ring protects private information.
It doesn't list your user name or your address with other members of the community.
Even with the department, the only time that we would get your contact information is if you send us a video.
And we're not able to access your ring camera or anything like that."
In pittsburg, mike mahoney, koam news.
Dowe: if you're a pittsburg resident who'd like to download the "neighbors" app -- just click on the link in this story, at koam-new-now-dot-com .