A couple months after Amazon spent more than $1 billion to acquire the smart doorbell company Ring, Ring has launched the crime-reporting platform Neighbors app meant for reporting suspicious people and activities. You don\u2019t need Ring hardware to join this new version of the neighborhood watch that cops across the U.S. will also be joining.Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is one of the first network partners. According to CNN Money, Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione suggested the Neighbors app \u201ccould help officers solve burglaries faster because the department can use the app instead of going door to door.\u201d\u201cIt\u2019s an increase in the eyes and ears, and I think it\u2019s welcome,\u201d says Maglione. \u201cEverybody nationwide is pushing the \u2018if you see something, say something\u2019 way of thinking.\u201dFort Lauderdale is not the only police force with access to the crime-reporting platform; Ventura Sheriff\u2019s Department and Orlando's police department do, too. A Ring spokesperson told Motherboard, \u201cOver the next days and weeks, law enforcement across the U.S. will be joining Neighbors.\u201d \u201cWork with neighbors and law enforcement to reduce crime,\u201d says one the screenshots for the app. Below that is a \u201csuspicious\u201d person with a note from \u201cDeputy Carlson\u201d asking for people who recognize the man to contact the cops.\u201cPeople are in their neighborhood less than they were 50 years ago,\u201d Jamie Siminoff, the founder of Ring, told CNN. \u201cThe Neighbors app brings presence back into the neighborhood.\u201d\u201cNeighbors is meant to facilitate real-time communication between\u201d neighbors, the Ring team, and law enforcement, \u201cwhile maintaining neighbor privacy first and foremost,\u201d said Siminoff.The press release goes on to add, \u201cPolice and sheriff\u2019s departments throughout the U.S. are also joining the network as a new way to share real-time crime and safety alerts with their communities.\u201dIn addition to receiving push notifications about potential security issues, app users can see recent crime and safety posts uploaded by their neighbors, the Ring team and local law enforcement via an interactive map. If a neighbor notices suspicious activity in their area, they can post their own text, photo or video and alert the community to proactively prevent crime. Neighbors isn\u2019t the first to go the route of trying to create a modern neighborhood watch. Nextdoor has been around for years, but it had problems with racial profiling \u2014 people being reported as \u201csuspicious\u201d based on their race.According to CNN:Siminoff doesn\u2019t think Ring will run into similar issues in part because the posts are based on actual footage or photos. The company has moderators on staff to review any flagged posts.\u201cVideo makes what\u2019s happening much clearer, so you don\u2019t have to describe the scene. Describing the scene \u2026 can create those biases,\u201d said Siminoff.