CPD To Team Up With Ring Doorbell Cameras

Steve Miller
October 04, 2019 - 6:00 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police say they're in the final stages of setting up a partnership with Ring -- the maker of so-called doorbell cameras -- to potentially get access to users' cameras across the city.

Chicago Police already have access to surveillance cameras, which department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said played a huge role in apprehending fugitive suspect Michael Blackman last month.

"It was the camera systems that really helped officers identify where he was and track his movements for arrest,” Guglielmi said.

Ring won't say exactly how many video doorbells they have in the city, but the deal with Ring could potentially give police access to thousands more cameras.

"We're not interested in any cameras that do not point to a public area like a street or a road,” Guglielmi said.

The ACLU has called the use of doorbell cameras "creepy.” The organization suggests even if homeowners have to give consent now, one day police could get broader power to control homeowners' doorbell cameras.