Local police using popular device many homeowners already have to solve crimes

WEXFORD, Pa. — A device many people already have at their homes is being used by the Northern Regional Police Department in hopes of keeping the community safe.

Doorbell cameras are becoming the new neighborhood watch, changing the way police can solve crimes -- especially around the holidays when more packages left at doorsteps are prone to theft.

Northern Regional police officers were investigating a string of car break-ins when they noticed many homes have video doorbell systems.

That’s when the department decided to team up with the video doorbell company Ring.

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People in Pine, Marshall and Richland townships, as well as Bradford Woods, can now share their video with officers.

“First, the technology is amazing. The pictures that we're getting are crystal clear,” Northern Regional Police Capt. John Sicilia said. “By just getting us that timeframe -- a very accurate timeframe and a location -- we can pinpoint our patrols and try to be proactive.”

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Nancy Williams, of Pine Township, said after having her car broken into, she’s looking into signing up.

“I think I am going to invest in one. I didn't think I would ever need it,” Williams said.

The police department encourages people to lock their homes and cars and have packages delivered to someone who’s home.