Elk River’s Crime Prevention Unit develops and maintains programs designed to help reduce crime through education and awareness.
By partnering with the community on various programs like Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, senior citizen crime prevention awareness and more, we can all work together to build a community where residents are involved and the opportunity for crime in Elk River continues to decrease.
Elk River Police Department is excited to announce it has recently joined the Neighbors Public Safety Service app, a modern take on a traditional neighborhood watch program connects residents and improves community safety.
The Neighbors app allows you, the user, to share photos, videos, and information related to local crime and safety incidents so fellow residents can stay informed. While the app is a product of Ring, which specializes in video doorbells, home security cameras and alarm systems, you do NOT need a Ring device to join Neighbors! Anyone with a smartphone and an Elk River address can download the free Neighbors app to view updates from ERPD and fellow Elk River residents, with the ability to personalize your notification and posting preference. If you live outside of Elk River, check with your local police department or sheriff's office to ask about their involvement in this program.
With the help of the Neighbors Public Safety program, ERPD can save valuable time in the early stages of an investigation by sending out a "request for assistance" post, asking for those in the area to share any footage, photos, or information if an incident occurs - all on a volunteer basis through the app. There are also "safety" and "crime" post opportunities ERPD plans to utilize when necessary.
Be sure to call 9-1-1 to report criminal activity or in emergency situations as the ERPD Neighbors page will not be monitored 24/7.
Head to your Apple or Android app store today to download Neighbors - because after all, when communities and public safety agencies work together, safer neighborhoods can become a reality.