SPC Rings in National Night Out

October 1, 2018

Public Information Officer


When a projected 1,000 visitors to the National Night Out 2018 event co-sponsored by the Alamo Colleges Police Department and the Denver Heights Neighborhood Association at St. Philip’s College Oct. 2 view the latest version of “The Ring” on their phones for free at 5:30 p.m. under the twilight at the college’s Center for Learning Resources at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive, they won’t be streaming the horror film or Wagnerian opera franchises from YouTube or Netflix.

The free Ring that visitors to the community-police partnership program will be watching is a crime-fighting tool, an app called “Neighbors” by the Amazon sub-company Ring, whose logo is prominently displayed on event promotional banners technicians installed outside of the college’s G. J. Sutton Learning Center building on Sept. 25. In addition, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office announced this week a partnership “with free Neighbors app to reduce crime in neighborhoods.” When someone sees something, they can give the free app a ring—or two. 

With area crime at a reported lowest level in 30 years, what crime that remains can be e-reported with a tool that was not available 30 years ago.

And because the National Night Out experience is primarily about connection, and an app is a modern form of connection, the two should make for good e-connection among neighbors at the Oct. 2 event. According to the BCSO news release, “Bexar County residents can download the free Neighbors app to their smartphone (via iOS or Android here: https://download.ring.com/bexar) in order to join their digital neighborhood and use the app to: monitor neighborhood activity; share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team.” 

The Neighbors by Ring media contact is Morgan Culbertson, public relations coordinator, Neighbors, who can be given a ring at (805) 822-9694, morgan@ring.com. For National Night Out program details, visit the college event web page or contact Alamo Colleges police department crime prevention officer Chris Fairbank at 210-485-0197, cfairbank@alamo.edu.