Ring- Video Doorbell System (Crime Prevention)

Dear Castle Shannon Resident,

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I try to be on the front end of new technology and innovative products.

I wouldn’t usually expand my enthusiasm for such “gizmos” to residents, but I am stealing an idea from our neighbors in Mt Lebanon about a crime prevention/security device.

I quote MLPD Chief Aaron Lauth when he says, “ We encourage everyone to take advantage of as many crime prevention tools as possible to help keep our community safe. One of the best technological tools currently available is the use of video systems that can view and record suspicious or criminal activity in our neighborhoods. MLPD officers have been able to use video surveillance to assist in numerous investigations and it has helped solve many crimes.”

I was introduced to a new Video Doorbell System from Ring by Chief Lauth, and I have found it to be easy to use and a credible tool in security and crime prevention.

I am amazed when new businesses open, if they do not have video surveillance capabilities. Likewise, if given the opportunity, I encourage new housing developments and any crime victims to invest in video products if at all possible.

We don’t endorse any specific vendor products, and we encourage residents and business owners to do their own research, but this company asked if we would be willing to at least educate the public about a discount they are offering.

To that end, we did want to make our residents aware of a special discount being offered by Ring to members of our community. Ring has shared a promo code for products purchased on their website - Ring.com. The special promo code will give residents $25.00 off their doorbell purchase. The promo code for Castle Shannon residents is: 41shannon. All Lowercase. This promo code can be applied to the Ring Video Doorbell, Video Doorbell Pro, and Stick Up Cam.

You can also use this link to access their products page with the $25 discount applied: ring.com/p/41shannon

If purchased during the month of November only, Ring is bundling a FREE solar sign with every purchase of a camera product on Ring.com. This applies to orders with the promo code and provides a combined savings of $75 (promo code $25 + Solar Sign $50).

In case you don't know what Ring is, here is a quick description:

"Ring Video Doorbell connects to your home Wi-Fi network and sends real-time notifications to your smart phone or tablet when someone is at your door. Using the free Ring App, which is available for Apple, Android, and Windows 10 devices, you can see an HD Video stream of the person at your door and speak to them using two-way audio communication. Ring Doorbell can alert you when someone presses the button on your doorbell or when motion is detected. Ring Doorbells operate on battery power or can be connected to your home doorbell wiring."

Additional information about Ring Video Doorbells can be found at this link:https://ring.com/neighborhoods

Please feel free to share this information with your Castle Shannon friends and neighbors!

Thank you!

Ken Truver, Chief of Police