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Ring cameras are not only helping to prevent crimes; they’re making it a lot easier for police to solve crimes thanks to doorbell video capturing the bad guys in action. Americans are thrilled to have this added security. Back in 2020, Ring camera sales tripled, and in 2023, sales were up 30 percent. However, liberals are not happy about this new safety phenomena. As it turns out, liberals fear that using cameras to capture criminals in action could result in blacks getting arrested more frequently for the offenses they commit. Yes, you heard right…
As the popular Twitter user Richard Hanania points out, the liberal mentality is that if it’s too easy to solve and prevent crime, it means you might start suspecting black people. So, we should make it harder to fight crime.
You can’t make this stuff up.
I absolutely love this.
Ring cameras help solve and prevent crime. What's the problem?
If it's too easy to solve and prevent crime, it just means you might start suspecting black people.
Ergo, we should make it harder to fight crime.
— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) July 10, 2023
When you set up a Ring camera, you are automatically enrolled in the Neighbors service. (You can go into the Ring app’s settings and toggle off the Neighbors feed integration and notifications, but the onus is on you.) Neighbors, which is also a stand-alone app, shows you an activity feed from all nearby Ring camera owners, with posts about found dogs, stolen hoses, and a Safety Report that shows how many calls for service—violent or nonviolent—were made in the past week. It also provides an outlet for public safety agencies, like local police and fire departments, to broadcast information widely.
But it also allows Ring owners to send videos they’ve captured with their Ring video doorbell cameras and outdoor security cameras to law enforcement. This is a feature unique to Ring—even Nextdoor removed its Forward to Police feature in 2020, which allowed Nextdoor users to forward their own safety posts to local law enforcement agencies. If a crime has been committed, law enforcement should obtain a warrant to access civilian video footage.
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Multiple members of WIRED’s Gear team have spoken to Ring over the years about this feature. The company has been clear it’s what customers want, even though there’s no evidence that more video surveillance footage keeps communities safer. Instead, Neighbors increases the possibility of racial profiling. It makes it easier for both private citizens and law enforcement agencies to target certain groups for suspicion of crime based on skin color, ethnicity, religion, or country of origin.
We have been concerned about this issue since Ring started partnering with police departments to hand out free video cameras. Via the Neighbors Public Safety Service (NPSS) within the app, law enforcement can create Requests for Assistance, and Neighbors can contact camera owners directly for footage.
We believe this feature should not exist. When we interviewed Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar on steps the company was taking to reduce racial profiling, Friar cited the work of Jennifer Eberhardt, a Stanford professor whose work on the psychological associations between race and crime won her a MacArthur Genius grant.
Much of Eberhardt’s work revolves around decision points—the more you make people stop and think before they act, the less likely they are to engage in unconscious racial bias. Putting a frictionless feature directly into Neighbors makes it that much easier for Ring owners to bombard law enforcement with unsubstantiated and possibly biased alarms.
Essentially, the mega popular tech site “Wired” is saying that yes, Ring cameras are affordable and ubiquitous, but homeowners shouldn’t be able to act as vigilantes because some of the criminals apprehended might be non-white.
Yes, there’s nothing stopping law enforcement from physically canvassing streets near a suspected crime scene and asking camera owners, Ring or otherwise, for video footage. However, this process has its own friction points, including walking to find relevant homeowners and going through the process of subpoenaing footage. Other security camera makers also provide video footage to law enforcement as well. Google’s Nest says it reserves the right to share information with law enforcement through a pretty opaque process. However, Google does not retain a specific app to make the process easier, and we like using Nest cameras otherwise.
If you’re looking for a home security camera, whether it’s a video doorbell or an outdoor camera, we would like to remind you that there are many, many alternatives. Ring cameras are cheap and ubiquitous, but contributing to a just society is also a factor in keeping your family safe.
Liberals prefer risking you and your family being slaughtered by criminals rather than being labeled as “racist” for capturing a non-white person committing illegal activities on your Ring camera.
It’s official: liberalism is not only a mental disorder, it’s also a death wish.